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October 13th, 2009

Boeyink Resigns as RPI’s Executive Director – Takes Position with Branstad Campaign

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Written by: Craig Robinson
Tags: , , , has learned that the Republican Party of Iowa’s Executive Director, Jeff Boeyink, has resigned his position in order to take a key position with former Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign. Boeyink’s resignation is effective immediately.

Boeyink provides the Branstad campaign with a competent administrator who has a wealth of experience in running state campaigns. Branstad’s gain is the Republican Party of Iowa’s loss. For the second consecutive election cycle, Iowa Republicans have made wholesale changes heading into an election year.

Boeyink is a native of Marshalltown. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Central College and a Masters in Public Administration from Iowa State. Before joining the Republican Party of Iowa, Boeyink was the President of Iowans for Tax Relief.

Update: Boeyink just called and confirmed that he is headed to the Branstad campaign. Boeyink said, “I’m excited about joining Governor Branstad’s campaign, this is a tremendous opportunity for Iowa and myself personally.” Boeyink also said, “Matt Strawn in an unbelievable leader for the Republican Party of Iowa. I am proud of the advancements we have made during my time there and confident that Chairman Strawn will hire a top notch executive director.”

The Branstad Campaign released the following statement.

Richard Schwarm today announced the hiring of Jeffrey Boeyink to lead the Terry Branstad 2010 Committee as it continues to explore a possible gubernatorial run by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Schwarm said, “This is the next natural step in our exploratory process as we move from a volunteer effort to the acquisition of professional staff and financial resources to take Terry Branstad 2010 to the next level of effectiveness.”

Boeyink has served as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Iowa (RPI) since last February and resigned yesterday to accept this new position. Prior to joining RPI, Boeyink served as President of Iowans for Tax Relief where he worked for more than two decades.

Schwarm also noted, “This appointment does not signal any change in Terry Branstad’s status as a potential gubernatorial candidate. He continues in his role at Des Moines University and will make his plans known at a future date.”

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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