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 three 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, TV Show Host, author, and owner of Iron Liberty Group LLC, retired Colonel Rob Maness enlisted in the US Air Force in November 1978. A US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School graduate, he served in three assignments before being selected for Officer and Flight training in 1985. Rob served on the Pentagon Joint Staff, commanded the the oldest bomber squadron in the Air Force and a Wing before retiring from active duty in December 2011, serving in uniform over 32 years. He led numerous combat flying operations and was also on duty in the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attack. His combat decorations include the Bronze Star and Air Medal. Rob worked for Entergy Corp. in the energy industry, after his military service. He was the Director of Safety and Training over a 5 state area and was responsible for system safety during national emergencies such as hurricane recovery operations. Rob’s small business, Iron Liberty Group LLC, operates in the digital publishing, social media, and broadcasting space. 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.