INDIANAPOLIS – Delegates to the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 40th Biennial Convention unanimously elected Ann Schockett of Woodmere, New York, to serve as president for 2020-2021. The election took place Sept. 28.
Schockett, whose term begins Jan. 1, is serving as NFRW 4th vice president for the 2018-2019 biennium and as director of NFRW Region 5. She is an NFRW Capitol Regent, adviser to the NFRW Campaign Committee and the Public Relations Committee, and host of the “F1rst Tuesday” national educational call in series. She will succeed NFRW President Jody Rushton of Plano, Texas, who is serving as NFRW president during the 2018-2019 biennium.
Previously, Schockett served on the NFRW Executive Committee as member-at-large and as president of the New York State Federation of Republican Women.
A proud New Yorker dedicated to empowering women to fulfill leadership roles, Schockett’s 40 years of public service began when she was elected New York’s youngest Republican State Committeeperson in state history. She has headed and advised in 42 campaigns, has overseen state GOP fundraising efforts and special events, and has worked with government and non-profit entities on all levels. She has received multiple awards for her work, including “Executive GOP Leader of the Year” and “Republican Woman of Year.”
Schockett is an award-winning businesswoman turned consultant who advises in areas such as public relations, campaigns, multi-media and business performance. With a deep commitment to country, community and faith, she is a founding Board member of Save the Persecuted Christians, serves on the Board of Regents for the Center for Security Policy, and will be a delegate to the World Zionist Congress. Schockett and fiancé, Peter Matuza, between them have five children and five grandchildren.
“As we enter one of the most crucial and exciting eras in the history of our nation, the newly-elected Executive Committee of the National Federation of Republican Women stands ready to meet all challenges,” Schockett said. “We are proud to honor and build upon our organization’s shining legacy of empowering Republican women to excel and lead. Side by side with our dedicated membership across America, we are united as one strong team moving forward together to help ensure a bright future for our communities, states and nation.”
NFRW officers elected on Sept. 28 are:
- PRESIDENT: Ann Schockett, New York
- 1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Eileen Sobjack, Washington
- 2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Julie Harris, Arkansas
- 3RD VICE PRESIDENT: Frances Taylor, Alabama
- 4TH VICE PRESIDENT: Martha Jenkins, North Carolina
- SECRETARY: Vanessa LaFranco, New Jersey
- TREASURER: Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman, Illinois
Three members-at-large to the Executive Committee will be elected by the NFRW Board of Directors on Sept. 29.
“The women of the NFRW join me in congratulating Ann and the incoming administration,” Rushton said. “We have an accomplished and dedicated team in place to lead us into the 2020 elections, and we are grateful for their commitment and their vision for building future successes for our organization.”
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.