NVGOP 2020 Leadership Team

Vice Chairman DeGraffenreid

Jim moved to Douglas County, Nevada from Mammoth Lakes, CA in 2001. He has been married to his wife, Theresa, for 33 years, and they live in Gardnerville, NV. Jim is a firefighter/EMT for Mono County Fire/Rescue in California, and he and his wife Theresa are owners of Summit Insurance Partners, an independent insurance brokerage in Minden, NV.

Jim became very active in Nevada politics in 2007 at both the county and state levels, and works each election on behalf of many GOP candidates statewide by walking precincts, assisting in fundraising and organizing campaign events. 

Jim was a member of the Committee to elect Jim Wheeler for Nevada Assembly in 2012, and had the honor of nominating Mark Amodei as our candidate for Congress in 2011.

Jim asked the Nevada GOP to form a legislative committee in late 2009, and during 2010 he kept Nevada Republicans informed of federal legislation, particularly universal healthcare. Jim tracked the swing votes in Congress and advised Nevada Republicans which members of Congress should receive calls opposing Obamacare.

Prior to the 2011 Nevada Legislative Session, Jim worked with the Carson City GOP Central Committee to form the Nevada Legislative Affairs Committee (NLAC). During the 2011-2015 Nevada Legislative sessions, Jim worked with the NLAC and other conservative groups to testify on key issues and lobby for legislation aligned with the 

Republican Party platform. For the 2017 and 2019 sessions, in addition to testifying and lobbying personally, Jim has made sure that the state party has a staff presence at the legislature daily, working with the Senate and Assembly GOP caucuses to track legislation and turn out Republicans to oppose bad legislation, like National Popular Vote, Same Day Voter Registration and legislation that infringes on our 2nd Amendment rights.

As Delegation Aide for Nevada to the 2012 GOP National Convention in Tampa, FL, Jim was responsible for organizing logistics for the national delegation and coordinating with the RNC and convention organizers. Following the roll call vote, Jim worked on damage control, and also coordinated relations between the delegation factions, ensuring that all delegates had the opportunity to be on the convention floor.

Jim was a delegate to the 2016 GOP National Convention in Cleveland, OH, and served on the Committee on Permanent Organization.


Vice Chairman degraffenreid's Political Activites


· Precinct Captain, Douglas County Central Committee, 2008 to present

· Member, Nevada Republican Central Committee, 2008 to Present

· Delegate, Nevada Republican State Convention, 2008 - 2018

· Member of the 2008 Nevada State Platform Committee

· Chairman, 2010 Nevada State Platform Committee

· Chairman of the NV State GOP Nominations and Elections Committee, 2009 and 2010

· Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party Legislative Committee, 2009 to 2013

· Secretary, Nevada Republican Party, 2011 to 2013

· Elected as Nevada GOP Presidential Elector, 2012

· Nevada Delegation Aide, GOP National Convention 2012

· Nevada Delegate and member of the Committee on Permanent Organization, GOP Nat’l Convention 2016

· Vice-Chairman, Nevada Republican Party, 2013 to Present

Secretary Barbara Hawn

Barb has been a Republican since 1980, when at 19 she cast her ballot for Ronald Reagan when participating in her first Presidential Election.  In 2015 Barb ran successfully for Secretary of the Nevada Republican Party she was re-elected in 2017.   

She attended the historic 2016 National Republican Convention in Cleveland, OH where Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence became the Republican nominees.

In addition to her political involvement, Barb is currently a Board Member/Marketing Chair of Sierra State Parks Foundation and active in the Reno Rodeo, Nevada Right to Life, American Heart Association Circle of Red and Our Lady of the Snows.

In November 1991, Barb and her husband, Brian moved to Reno, NV.  They celebrated their 31st anniversary in 2019.  Their son, Matthew is a graduate of University of Nevada and is pursuing his PhD in BioChemistry.  


Secretary Hawn's Political Activities / Community Service


Nevada Republican Party 

·  Secretary – May 2015-Current

·  NRCC – July 2013-Current

Washoe County Republican Party

·  Secretary – July 2013-May 2016

·  WCRCC – April 2012-Current

Nevada Federation of Republican Women

·  Secretary – January 2018-Current

Reno Rodeo – The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo is a 10-day event.  Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up of over 500 volunteers. The event impacts the Reno/Sparks area economy with $42 million going to hotels, casinos, restaurants and retail.

·  Sponsors Committee – August 2015-Current

Sierra State Parks Foundation – SSPF is the official cooperating association for seven State Parks in the Lake Tahoe-Donner region. SSPF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of providing critically needed financial and professional support for education, interpretation, restoration and preservation.

·  Board Member – October 2016-Current

Junior League of Reno – JLR is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

· Poinsettia Luncheon Chair – Jun 2012-May 2013

· Poinsettia Luncheon Assist Chair – Jun 2011-May 2012

· Headquarters Chair – Jun 2007

· Arlington Gardens Administrative Committee Chair – Jun 2006-May 2007

· President – Jun 2005-May 2006

· President-Elect – Jun 2004-May 2005

· Finance VP/Treasurer – Jun 2003-May 2004

· Assist Treasurer – Jun 2002-May 2003

· Arrangements Chair – Jun 2001-May 2002

Diocesan School Board– DSB works with the local schools boards and administrators, advises the Bishop in his mission to ensure that Diocese Catholic schools are accessible, affordable living communities of the Catholic faith built on a foundation of gospel values, academic excellence and service to other.

·  Catholic Schools Week Coordinator – Aug 2009-Aug 2016

·  PR/Market, Chair – Sep 2008-Aug 2016

Casa de Vida– CDV is a private, nonprofit corporation providing a home and support services for pregnant young women.  While some teens facing a crisis pregnancy have the support of a loving family, many others are less fortunate.  They are frightened, disillusioned, and often without a safe place to live.  CDV is a place to call home for any young woman facing this difficult situation.

· Secretary – Sep 2010-August 2013

· Board of Trustees – Sep 2007-August 2013

Nevada Opera 

·  Board of Directors – Mar 2013 – May 2016 

Bishop Manogue High School Parents’ Association

· President – Jun 2009- Jun 2011

· Vice President – Jun 2008-Jun 2009

· Hospitality Chair – Jan 2008-Jun 2008

Our Lady of the Snows School Board

· Secretary – Aug 2006-Jun 2009

Teacher’s Aide – St. Albert the Great Catholic School     

· Aug 2001- Oct 2003

Treasurer Michael Bertrand

Michael Bertrand graduated from California University at Northridge in 1980 and immediately from school was employed by a national CPA firm.  In 1986 he moved to Carson City and began his own firm Bertrand & Associates and is currently the managing partner. Michael's wife Siuly was born in Surabaya, Indonesia and they have four children.  His son Collin Bertrand   spent his summer last year going door-to-door working for the Republican Party to obtain registrations and leaves for the U.S. Army in September to be a combat medic. Michael is CPA and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Rurual Caucus Chairman Wesley A. Rice


I am asking for your vote to continue as your Rural Caucus Chair.  It has been my honor and privilege to represent you and your interests at the state and national levels.  

As a member of the State Executive Board I have tried to always represent the best interests and wishes of the rural counties and have been recognized on the board as a voice of reason and calm.

I have assisted rural counties at precinct meetings, caucuses, and conventions, and have attended Lincoln Day events throughout the state at my own expense.

I have no other agenda but to support the rural interests of Nevada.  

I seek no higher office and have never attempted to use the Rural Caucus as a platform for my own personal interests.

My mantra has been, and will continue to be, "If you want to win you have to show up!"

Together we in the Rural Counties will continue to be a voice to be reckoned with.


Professional Experience

Douglas County Commissioner

Elected as a Commissioner in November 2018 and took office January 3, 2019.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Department:

Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Level One, 1992 to 2007: 

Reserve Captain three years.

Deputy Sheriff, Seasonal: 

Patrol Boat, Lake Tahoe, 1992 to 2007.

Douglas County Constable’s Office:

Deputy Constable, 1995 to 2019 (Retired due to being elected as a County Commissioner)

United States Customs Service:

Customs Officer (excepted), Blue Lightening Strike Force: 1997-2001

Pasadena Police Department:

Titles and Duties:

Lieutenant: 1986-1990

Detective Section Commander, Investigative Division

Watch Commander, Field Services Division

Adjutant to the Commander, Field Services Division

Sergeant: 1976-1986

Patrol Section Supervisor, Field Services Division

Detective Section Supervisor, Investigative Division

Patrol Section Supervisor, Field Services Division

Administrative Section Supervisor, Staff Services Division 

Patrol Section Supervisor, Field Services Division

Agent (Investigator): 1970-1976

Youth Services Unit (Juvenile Section)

Detective Division, Auto Theft Detail

Detective Section, Burglary/Fraud/Bunco Details

Patrol Division, Field Investigator

Police Officer: 1964-1970

Patrol Division

Police Cadet: 1962-1964

Citrus Community College:

Instructor, Police Science Division: 1976-1984

(Citrus College Teacher of the Year-1982)

Military Service:

United States Navy-Reserve: 1959-1967

Active Duty United States Navy:  1965-1967

Rate:  SM3


Nevada P.O.S.T. – Basic Certificate

California P.O.S.T - Management Certificate

California Homicide Investigators Assn. – Certificate of Completion 

Boating Law Enforcement Training, Nevada Division of Wildlife


Mount San Antonio Community College, Walnut Ca.

California State University, Los Angeles

Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, Ca.

California P.O.S.T Management School,, San Diego, Ca.

Community Activities:

TRPA, Governing Board Member

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority - Board Member

Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority - Board Member

Kahle Vision Project - Board Member

Tahoe Transportation District - Board Member

South Shore Transit Management Agency - Board Member

South Shore Waste Management Committee

Douglas County Lake Tahoe Sewer Authority - Trustee

Round Hill General Improvement District Board of Trustees - Chairman

Round Hill Fire Safe Council - Block Captain

Douglas County Chamber of Commerce

Douglas County Library League Board of Directors (inactive)

Navy League of the United States Board of Directors (inactive)

International Footprint Association member

American Legion member 

Political Activities:

Nevada Republican Party Rural Caucus Chair 2005 - present

Delegate:  Republican National Convention, New York City 2004.

Delegate:  Republican National Convention, Tampa FL 2012

Alternate:  Republican National Convention, Cleveland OH 2016

Douglas County Republican Central Committee member:

County Chair 2001-2005

Vice Chair 1999-2001

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