Republican Party Leaders


Jennifer carnahan


Jennifer Carnahan was elected Chair of the Republican Party in April 2017. Carnahan ran as the Republican-endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Senate in District 59 and served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2016. She owns her own retail business and worked in branding for General Mills, Ecolab and McDonalds during her career. Carnahan is the first Asian American to serve as Party chair.

Janet Beihoffer

Republican National Committeewoman


Rick Rice

Republican National Committeeman

Rick Rice was elected National Committeeman in May, 2016. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas, BA, Business and the American College, as a Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU. His life as a political activist began early: door knocking, working on various campaigns, as well as attending local BPOU events. He ran for the MN House of Representatives in HD 44B. He continues today with candidate campaigns and Minnesota Republican Party fundraising. Rick worked thirty plus years with Northwestern Mutual and is currently working as a full time career agent with MassMutual specializing in comprehensive financial, estate, retirement, disability and long term care planning. Rick is married with two sons, and lives in St Louis Park, MN.

Jesse Pfliger

deputy chair

Newly elected Deputy Chair Jesse Pfliger previously served as Chairman of the 5th Congressional District and congressional campaign manager for Jennifer Zielinski in the race against Ilhan Omar.

Jesse’s life-long Republican volunteer history includes serving as BPOU Secretary and BPOU Treasurer as well as numerous state and national campaigns, district conventions and project committees.

Jesse lives in Crystal with his wife Elise and children; Anna, Jack, Kennedy & Jacqueline. He has worked in the hospitality and service industry for over 20 years, working for Fortune 500 companies including Domino’s Pizza & Murphy Oil USA.


Barbara sutter


Barb Sutter was appointed Secretary of the Republican Party of Minnesota in May 2016 and was elected in April 2017. Barb has been a BPOU chair and candidate for state legislature, and brings a wealth of experience, perspective and relationships to the position.

Bron scherer


Bron Scherer has been a professional accountant since 1979 (CPA since 1981). Bron was appointed RPM Secretary-Treasurer in January 2012 and was re-appointed RPM Treasurer in April 2013 and 2015 and currently serves on the RPM Financial Controls and Oversight and Personnel Committees. He served as treasurer for three Minnesota State legislative candidates, served as campaign manager for former Senator Al DeKruif in 2010, was Rice County BPOU chair, Rice County BPOU Finance Chair and Treasurer/Executive Committee Member for the Second Congressional District Republican Party.