State Party Chairman
CRC Chairman Jeff Hays was elected in April, 2017. Prior to leading the State Party, Jeff spent 2 terms leading El Paso county to record turnouts, including a margin of victory for President Trump beaten by only two other counties in the United States. Jeff was unanimously re-elected Chairman of El Paso in 2015, the first Chairman to win re-election in 12 years. His chairmanship was noted for successful fundraising, expansion of party capabilities and participation, and electoral success.
Originally from Texas, Hays came to Colorado to attend the Air Force Academy. He served our country for 21 years before retiring as a Lt. Colonel, then went on to a successful private sector career as a management consultant. Jeff also served as activities director at The Classical Academy and was kicking consultant to the Denver Broncos. Jeff and his wife, Gina, have been married for 33 years and have three grown children.
RNC National Committeewoman
Colorado GOP National Committeewoman Vera Ortegon is a longtime leader in the Colorado Republican Party. In 2014, Mike Kopp, GOP Colorado gubernatorial candidate, chose her as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. In 2012, she was one of the nine GOP Presidential Electors for the State of Colorado.
Vera is also a former Pueblo City Councilwoman, a business owner for the last 35 years, very involved in Colorado water issues for over two decades, and precinct chair for the past 20 years. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America, legally immigrated to the United States, and she was Naturalized in 1977.
She graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University. Vera has been married for 40 years to Dr. Anthony Ortegon, and they have two sons, two great daughters-in-law and two adorable grandchildren.
RNC National Committeeman
Colorado GOP National Committeeman George Leing has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer in the finance and energy fields. Most recently, George has worked as Senior Counsel to a renewable power development and construction company and is currently in private practice. Up until his announcement to run for Congress to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District, George had been serving as Chairman of the Republican Party in Boulder County and was elected by a group of other Republican Chairs to serve on the Executive Committee of the State Party. George was also appointed by Secretary of State Scott Gessler to serve on the Advisory Committee on a Uniform Voting System.
George is the youngest of four children of Chinese immigrants who came to America in 1947. Born and raised in New York City, George is a graduate of New York University, and holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in religion from Yale University.
State Party Vice-Chairman
CRC Vice Chairman Sherrie Gibson was most recently the Chief of Staff for US Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, where she built and managed the team that lead to his primary win. She is a DC trained political strategist, specializing in campaign management. Sherrie has served on the Colorado Springs Planning Commission, helping to improve economic vitality within the city and is currently a board member of Concrete Couch.
Sherrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University San Bernardino and an MBA from Champlain College. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies with additional training from the Leadership Institute. Originally from Colorado Springs, she is a Navy Veteran and the proud wife of a Marine, and mother of two U.S. Marines. Sherrie is focused on building the Republican Party of the future.
State Party Secretary
With deep roots in this beautiful state, CRC Secretary Brandi Meek is a sixth generation Coloradan on both her mother’s side and her father’s side. She lived in various small towns across Colorado before making her home on the Western Slope in 2002.
Brandi has served the GOP in many capacities. She was a precinct leader, and served as the secretary for the Moffat County GOP for four years prior to becoming the chairwoman, a position. Brandi also served for two years on the Colorado Republican Party’s Executive Committee as a small county representative leading to her election as the state Party secretary.
Aside from her work with the GOP, Brandi has been asked to speak on behalf of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, at a panel discussion for the State Policy Network and at rallies sponsored by the Independence Institute and Americans for Prosperity. Brandi is also a 2015 graduate of Leadership Program of the Rockies.
State Party Treasurer
CRC Treasurer Richard Elsner is a fourth generation Coloradan with his family first arriving in 1873. He made his home Park County in 1978 after growing up in Arapahoe County.
Richard has served in many areas of the GOP. He was the Park County Chairman for 8 years and has also served as the 6th Congressional District Secretary, 2nd Congressional District Secretary/Treasurer, member of the State Executive Committee, as well as the State Audit Chairman for 4 years.
After many years of IT experience in database design and data analytics, Richard is currently serving as a County Commissioner for Park County, having been elected to that post in 2016. Richard has been married to his wife Debbie for 43 years and has two sons and one daughter.