Republican Representatives

REPUBLICAN PARTY HISTORY

 

The Republican Party was born of the anti-slavery movement. Opponents of the Kansas Nebraska Act emerged in 1854 as the first republicans. With the nomination of John C. Fremont for president in 1856, these republicans organized as an official national party. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln was elected and the Republicans firmly established themselves as a major political party. The name “Republican” was chosen because it alluded to equality and brought to mind Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. In 1861, the Civil War erupted, lasting 4 grueling years. During the war, Lincoln, against the advice of his cabinet, signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the 13th Amendment which outlawed slaver; the 14th Amendment, which guaranteed equal protection under the law; and the 15th Amendment, which helped secure voting rights for African Americans. In 1896, the Republican Party was the first major political party to support women’s suffrage. When the 19th Amendment was finally added to the Constitution, 26 of the 36 state legislatures that had to vote to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin, from Montana in 1917.

REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES

Massachusetts Governor – Charles Baker

Massachusetts Lt. Governor – Karen Polito

Cape & Islands District Attorney – Michael O’Keefe

County Commissioner – Leo Cakounes

 

REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Town Chair   Email
Barnstable Judy Crocker electjudycrocker@gmail.com
Brewster Dion Dugan dioncdugan@msn.com
Chatham Diane Bronsdon f.bronsdon@comcast.net
Dennis Rob Chamberlain rchamberlain@rubinrudman.com
Eastham Jack Lennox jackandbea@comcast.net
Edgartown Carolyn Flynn thomasflynn249@comcast.net
Harwich Peter Hughes phughes41@comcast.net
Mashpee Sue Belekewicz sbelekewicz@yahoo.com
Nantucket Donna Hamel aldona.hamel@pnc.com
Oak Bluffs Linda Mott-Smith lmottsmith@earthlink.net
Orleans Mary Allen Bradley maryallenb@hotmail.com
Truro John Dundas johnrdundas@gmail.com
West Tisbury Joe Jervais joegervais100@yahoo.com
Yarmouth Fran Manzelli  chairman@YarmouthRTC.org

 

CAPE COD REPUBLICAN CLUB

OFFICERS:

President – Fran Manzelli

Vice President – Peter Hughes

Corresponding Secretary – Penney Hensley

Treasurer – Jennifer Wilson

 

CAPE COD REPUBLICANS TO THE REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE

Judy Crocker

Fran Manzelli