MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

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Chairman Richard L. "Rich" Anderson


Rich Anderson is a native Virginian who retired from the Pentagon in 2009 as a highly-decorated 30-year Air Force colonel. During his military career, he accumulated senior executive-level leadership experience at leading complex organizations consisting of thousands of people. For the last 12 years, he has worked tirelessly as a local grassroots activist and leader in the Prince William County (PWC) Republican Committee to elect Republicans to federal, state, and local office. From 2010 to 2018, he represented the 51st House District (PWC) in the Virginia General Assembly. While there, he chaired the House Science and Technology Committee and the General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus. As a legislator, he never voted for a tax increase and voted four times against Medicaid expansion.

Rich is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has been happily married for 34 years to Ruth Anderson, a retired 21-year Air Force veteran, local grassroots Republican activist, and former member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. They are the parents of three children, have seven grandchildren, and have lived in Woodbridge for 20 years.

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National Committeeman Morton Blackwell




Morton Blackwell began in 1960 to identify, train, and place bright young conservatives for leadership in the public policy process. Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected national convention delegate in 1964, Blackwell chaired the state College Republicans and Young Republicans in Louisiana.

In 1980, he organized the national youth effort for Ronald Reagan, going on to serve on President Reagan’s White House Staff. In 1984, Blackwell left the White House to work full-time as the President of the Leadership Institute, his educational foundation that he began in 1979. His Institute is dedicated to training and placing conservatives. In 2016, his Leadership Institute trained 10,274 people in its 47 types of training schools. His CampusReform.org website received more than 5.3 million unique visitors in 2016. Since 1988, he has served as the Virginia Republican National Committeeman. He now ranks number 4 in tenure among the 168 members of the RNC.

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National Committeewoman Patricia Bast “Patti” Lyman


Patti Lyman is a born and raised native Virginian and lifelong Republican. A committed conservative activist, she joined the pro-life movement in 1991 and soon left her business career for law school to become a pro-life attorney with the American Center for Law & Justice. She successfully litigated 1st Amendment, parental rights and pro-life cases in state and federal courts, assisted victims of China’s forced abortion policy, and served on on the board America’s first national network of black pro-life groups.

After 9/11, Patti entered immigration law to specialize in asylum for persecuted Christians escaping Islamic countries. Convinced that illegal immigration will result in Republican values and fundamental rights being permanently outvoted, Patti speaks frequently to Republican groups about the importance of supporting President Trump’s immigration policies. Patti strongly advocated for President Trump in 2016, was a surrogate speaker in Virginia’s 2017/2018 gubernatorial and US Senate races, and served on the Credentials Committee to elect a pro-Trump, grassrooots Chairman to Virginia’s largest Republican Committee.

Patti holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law. She is admitted to the bars of the Virginia Supreme Court and federal courts from U.S. District Court up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Patti and her husband of 30 years, Frank, live in Fairfax with their multiple cats and are blessed to enjoy their many godchildren, official and otherwise.

RPV Staff

Tommy Ewing (Political Director)

Devin O'Malley (Communications Director)

Nathan Pittman (Digital Director)

Samantha Flanigan (Assistant to the Chairman, Grassroots/Unit Coordinator)

Cathy Bolden (Office Admin)

Frank Loehr (CFO)