Meet the Team
The Republican Liberty Caucus is a 527 voluntary grassroots membership organization dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets. Founded in 1991, it is the oldest continuously-operating organization within the Liberty Republican movement.
Matt Nye is an innovative entrepreneur and political activist with 25 years of diversified experience in technology and communications. Nye founded the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida (RLCCEF) in 2008, organized the Brevard Tea Parties in 2009 and currently serves as the National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Nye is a frequently sought expert on subjects like taxes, regulation, waste, fraud, abuse and transparency.
Jeff Larson is an aerospace professional and Republican activist with 25 years experience in NASA's Mission Control. Larson has been a Republican precinct chair for over 3 decades, was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, and has served on his state convention's Rules Committee for the last two political cycles. Jeff also serves on the board of the Foreign Policy Alliance, a multipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that educates the public on the benefits of a foreign policy that requires less US military intervention.
John DennisVice Chair
John Dennis was born in Jersey City, N.J., and currently resides in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor's from Fordham University. Dennis is a real estate investor. He is the CEO and founder of San Francisco-based Foundation Real Estate, which he started in 2001. He was also a partner in the ergonomics design firm Humanscale. Dennis and his wife, Heather, have a daughter. A self-styled "Ron Paul Republican," Dennis supports legalizing marijuana, opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supports gay marriage - positions he hopes will help him win over independent voters. He also calls for dramatically reducing federal spending and shrinking the government's role domestically and overseas. He advocates phasing out the income tax, repealing the Patriot Act and auditing the Federal Reserve. He made national headlines in 2010 with an online ad featuring a Pelosi look-alike as the Wicked Witch of the West from "The Wizard of Oz." In the spot, Dennis ultimately defeats Pelosi by dousing her with water from a bucket labeled "Freedom."
Col. Rob ManessSecretary
Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Louisiana, former U.S. Senate candidate, and Owner of Iron Liberty Group LLC, retired Colonel Rob Maness enlisted in the US Air Force in November 1978. He graduated from the US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in January 1980 and served in three assignments countering terrorist bomb makers before being selected for Officer and Flight training in 1985. Rob served on the Joint Staff, commanded the the oldest bomber squadron in the Air Force, and the sixth largest installation before retiring from active duty in December 2011, having served in uniform for more than 32 years. During his military service, Colonel Maness led numerous combat flying operations, including Operations JUST CAUSE and DESERT STORM, and as a bomber squadron commander in IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. As an Joint Chiefs of Staff Operations Officer, he was on duty in the National Military Command Center during the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Colonel Maness became one of twelve handpicked members of the Future Operations Group created in response and directly assisted the United States national security team with creating, synchronizing, and executing the campaign plan for the global war on terrorism. His combat decorations include the Bronze Star and Air Medal. Rob broadened his experience after his military career working for Entergy Corp. in the energy industry. He served as the Director of Safety and Training for an operation that covered a 5 state area, included nuclear, coal, natural gas, and hydro power generation, and was responsible for system safety during national emergencies such as hurricane recovery operations. Rob started his own small business after leaving Entergy Corp. Iron Liberty Group LLC operates in the digital publishing, social media, and broadcasting space. Additionally, the Group provides consulting services in organizational leadership, physical and personal security, safety, and human performance areas of expertise. Rob is a Contributor and Television Host at OpsLens.com and has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, and CNN. As an author, he has been published in The Washington Times, Breitbart News, OpsLens, and Human Events. Colonel Maness is a founding Board member at Military Advocacy Project of Louisiana, Inc., a veteran’s advocacy group committed to preventing veteran suicides and ensuring military families have equal access to benfits. He also serves as a Board Advisor to school literacy non-profit WGI, Inc, Board Member and Chief of Staff for the veterans non-profits, Military Veterans Advocacy Inc and as Vice Chairman of the Board for Camp NORA, a homeless veterans transition facility in Southeast Louisiana. Colonel Maness is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Cum Laude, and holds three Masters degrees from: Harvard University’s Kennedy School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the US College of Naval Warfare. Rob is married to the former Candy Smith, of Gosport Indiana and they have five children, including three military sons (former US Navy and US Army national guard, active US Air Force), and five grandchildren. They made their home in historic Madisonville, Louisiana.