About The Connecticut Republican Party
Chairman J.R. Romano
J.R. Romano has dedicated a majority of his professional career to Connecticut Republican politics, during which he has acquired a unique depth of knowledge of the Connecticut political landscape. A Connecticut native, J.R. was raised in Derby, graduated from Trinity College and currently lives in Branford.
Under the direction of three Connecticut Republican Chairman (DePino, Sherperdson, Hamzy) he served as political director for over six years, understanding the mechanics of the State Central Committee and a variety of campaigns up and down the ballot; Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, State Senate to Mayors.
This included presenting himself as a candidate for Representative at 25. While his bid was unsuccessful by just 100 votes, in a district predominately Democrat by a 3-1 margin, his command over the issues and his passion for the community did secure him the an unusual Republican endorsement from the New York Times.
In 2010, J.R. managed the U.S. Senate bid of Peter Schiff. J.R.’s strategic and tactical campaign plan raised over $500,000 and enabled Peter to qualify for a primary through the convention process.
Statewide, J.R. ran the Connecticut arm of “Americans for Prosperity”. While in this role he raised over $1 million dollars and built the organization to over 80,000 members. In 2014, J.R.’s efforts with the Tim Herbst campaign for State Treasurer resulted in Tim’s outstanding under ticket campaign, despite the narrow loss. Team Herbst outperformed the top of the ticket in every Congressional District as well as state-wide.
Most recently, J.R. won the contested election last June as Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party.
Over the other highly qualified candidates, J.R.’s measured, articulate and forthright manner along with his political depth prevailed. Within the first few months as chairman, J.R. has proven that he understand the politics of the press and is unafraid to articulate our Republican message. He is a Chairman who is focused on holding the Democratic opposition accountable for their failed policies and he has one goal…to ELECT MORE REPUBLICANS IN CONNECTICUT.
Vice-Chairwoman, Annalisa Stravato
Treasurer, Warner “Chuck” Pyne
Warner (Chuck) Pyne III has been a member of Connecticut Republican State Central since 2011, representing the 17th Senatorial District (Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge). He served as member of the Budget & Control Committee 2013-2015 and its Chairman from 2015 until being elected Party Treasurer in 2016. He served as the Secretary of the Woodbridge Republican Town Committee for four years and has been a member of the municipal campaign committee in Woodbridge for the past several election cycles.
Prior to moving to Connecticut, Chuck was an officer of the White Plain (NY) Republican Town Committee and served as campaign manager for several local candidates. He was also an active member of the Cheltenham (PA) Republican Town Committee prior to his move to New York.
Professionally, Chuck has been in the medical imaging industry for 35 years in a variety of sales, operation and marketing management positions including time with Fuji Medical Systems (Stamford), Philips Medical (Shelton) and currently Dell Services (Wallingford). He lives with wife Holly of 27 years and has three children. He is a former Cubmaster in Woodbridge and religious education teach at Our Lady of the Assumption parish.
Secretary, Margaret “Meg” Casasanta
RNC Committeeman, The Honorable John H. Frey
State Representative John H. Frey was elected as the Connecticut National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee in January of 2007. He was elected to a full term in June, 2008. On the RNC, he serves on the Rules Committee, Redistricting Committee and Site Selection Committee (which will recommed the location on 2012 National Convention). Rep. Frey won re-election to serve as State Representative for the people of the 111th District on November 4, 2008. Serving in his sixth term, Representative Frey was re-appointed by the House Minority Leader, Larry Cafero, to serve as Minority Whip. Rep. Frey also serves on the Legislature’s Finance, Revenue, & Bonding Committee, the Banks Committee and is the lead Republican on the Select Committee on Aging. Before winning election to the state House of Representatives, former Governor John Rowland appointed Representative Frey ‘Chairman’ of the Connecticut Real Estate Commission in 1995, holding the distinct honor as the commission’s youngest Chairman in state history. Representative Frey is the Principal/Co-owner of Century 21 Landmark Properties in Ridgefield. Since founding the firm in 1992, he has provided full real estate service; specializing in residential, commercial, relocation and fine homes division. Representative Frey’s firm has received the distinguished “President’s Award” for top quality service and high production. Representative Frey resides on Copps Hill Road in Ridgefield.