Party Leaders

PARTY LEADERS

David Hann

CHAIRMAN

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Elected to be the Chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party in October 2021. He currently resides in Eden Prairie with his wife.

David attended Gustavus Adolphus College and earned a B.A. in religion and did graduate work in Theology at the University of Chicago. While still in college, he interrupted his studies to join the Army where he served a tour in Vietnam.

He was previously the Director of Forecasting and Logistics for Deli Express, a Minnesota based food manufacturing and distribution company. David served on the Eden Prairie School Board for three terms and served in the State Senate from 2003 to 2016. During his time in the Senate, he was Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, and served as a member of the Education Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Rules and Administration Committee. He was the Senate Minority Leader his last four years in office where he led the Republicans into the Majority in 2016.

Donna Bergstrom

DEPUTY CHAIRWOMAN

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Donna Bergstrom is a military Veteran and American politician. A member of the Republican Party, she ran as the endorsed 2016 MN State Senate candidate in District 7, and was the endorsed Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate in 2018 with Jeff Johnson for Governor. She was one of the first two American Indian women in the state of Minnesota to run in the general election for Lt Gov.

Bergstrom grew up in the Duluth area (Carlton), the fifth child of seven children to LeRoy and Carol Bergstrom. Bergstrom is a member of the Red Lake Nation of NW Minnesota. Her mother was born and raised on the Red Lake Nation, and her father is a second generation Swedish/Norwegian immigrant.

Bergstrom graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1985 with a degree in Political Science. She obtained her Master of Jurisprudence degree from Loyola University Chicago-School of Law (Civitas Center) in Children’s Law and Policy. She also has a degree in American and Anishinaabe Education from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Bergstrom obtained her reserve commission through the United States Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School (OCS-87) as a Second Lieutenant in December of 1987. She graduated from The Basic School in June 1988 with a Military Occupational Speciality (MOS) in Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Officer. She went on to serve over twenty years with assignment highlights of: Commanding Officer, Galeta Island, Republic of Panama; Kaneohe Bay, HI; Misawa, Japan; and US Senate, Washington, DC. Bergstrom retired in June of 2010 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Bergstrom moved back to Duluth upon retirement in 2010. She and her husband, Dr. Walter “Skip” Fischer, a twenty year civil servant with the US Senate and US House, live in the Lakeside area of Duluth with their teenage son. She volunteers her time on several local and state level organizations.

            Alex Plechash

            NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN

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A first-generation American, Alex Plechash grew up in suburban Chicago, graduating from Oak Park & River Forest High School in 1971 where he was a multi-sport student-athlete.  He received early admission into the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering and graduated with distinction near the top of his class, being the number one ranked Marine Officer and Aerospace Engineer.  In his senior year, he was nominated for a Rhodes scholarship and was offered a Guggenheim Fellowship for immediate PhD study at Princeton, Cal Tech and MIT which he turned down in lieu of accepting a Burke Scholarship, later receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago.

After graduating from Annapolis, Alex reported for duty to the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico where he graduated at the top of his class of 270 Marine Lieutenants winning an award for the best overall score in military skills (physical fitness, rifle & pistol marksmanship, timed obstacle course, and public speaking).  Although deeply drawn toward becoming a Marine infantry officer, he ultimately chose to go to flight school and earned his Naval Aviator wings, serving out his time as a fighter pilot; principally flying the F-4 Phantom II.  An interesting anecdote is that as a young Captain, he appeared in the movie “The Great Santini” starring Robert Duvall when his squadron was used on-location at MCAS Beaufort, SC during the filming of the movie.

After leaving active duty, Alex led a successful business career as a corporate executive working for some notable firms including Exxon and Oracle before he entered the world of finance and investment banking.  He is now an executive recruiter.  In addition to his business career, Alex remains quite active in military/veteran, civic, church, and non-profit organizations.

Alex has been a Naval Academy Blue & Gold Admissions Officer for the past two decades as well as having served two consecutive terms as an elected National Trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association (USNAAA) and still serves on their Governance Committee.  In addition, he presided over the Upper Midwest Chapter of the USNAAA for nearly ten years during which the Chapter rose from being an obscure chapter to being the 7th largest chapter worldwide out of more than 100 and won the inaugural Chapter of the Year award.  When he was President of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Navy League, he was tapped by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to serve as the Chairman of the USS Minnesota pre-Commissioning Task Force, a nuclear attack submarine commissioned in 2013 at which his classmate, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert presided.

His civic and non-profit Involvement has also been extensive.  He was appointed to serve on the board of the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota where he served for two terms totaling eight years and was their finance chair.  He also served for twelve years as the President & Chairman of Tee it Up for the Troops, Inc.; a 501(c)3 charitable organization that has raised millions of dollars for the troops and their families.  At his church, Christ Presbyterian Church of Edina, he served as a deacon for a term-limited three years, running their largest program for homeless families.  In addition, Alex has been a volunteer firefighter since 2006.

Politically, Alex has been involved at every level in Minnesota politics without interruption since first becoming active in 2004.  He is, or has served as, Precinct Chairman, Caucus Convener, Senate District Executive/Treasurer, Congressional District Vice-Chair, State Delegate, State Central Committee Delegate and was elected to represent Minnesota at the RNC National Conventions in 2008 and 2016.  He has hosted or co-hosted in-home fundraisers for candidates running for Governor, U.S. Senate, MN Secretary of State, and Congress as well as local candidates.  In 2012 he founded the Minnesota Organization of Republican Veterans (aka MORVets), the first-ever veterans affiliate of the Republican Party of MN.  Last, but not least, he is currently serving his second term on the Wayzata City Council.

Barbara Sutter

NATIONAL COMMITTEEWOMAN

My political activism began here in Minnesota, where my husband, Randy and I have lived for 18 years.

I grew up as part of a military family, and continued the tradition by marrying an Air Force officer. With frequent military relocations, and because I have a German mother, I experienced my life both in our amazing country, and in Europe.  But I’ve always been passionate about the freedoms we have here in America.

I earned an MBA, and my professional background is in tax accounting. I’ve worked here in Minnesota, and before that, at our posting in The Netherlands, where my clients were primarily American service members.

Today, like many, I’m a Volunteer for the Republican Party.  I’ve been a Treasurer for a legislator and for my Senate District.  I’ve been a Senate District Chair.  I’ve been a Minnesota House candidate.  I serve on the Executive Committee of my Congressional District.  And since 2016 it’s been my honor and privilege to serve as Minnesota’s GOP Secretary, as well as State Director of Minnesota’s Affiliate Outreach.  I travel this state from one corner to the other, working on behalf of our candidates and our Party and its values.

I intend to bring my same energy and leadership skills to this new role as Minnesota’s National Committeewoman.  I believe that by building relationships nationally, I can continue growing the value of this position.  I’d like to leverage the national exposure we now have, to bring more attention, resources and innovative ideas to Minnesota. And I very much look forward to working together with all of the Republican National Committee!

Dave Pascoe

SECRETARY

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Dave has served as MNGOP Secretary since December 2020. He was the MNGOP Deputy Chair from 2017-2019, the MNGOP CD5 Chair from 2015-2017, and the MNGOP SD 60 Chair/CD5 Treasurer from 2013-2015. He is a licensed attorney and certified financial planner that works as a financial advisor. Dave holds the rank of Commander in the US Navy Reserves and recently returned from a year long mobilization to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Lee Prinkkila

TREASURER

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Lee Prinkkila is a former GOP committee member, member of the American Society of CPA’s, Minnesota Association of Public Accountants, and Minnesota Society of CPAs. As a strategic finance leader, Lee understands the science of finance, and art of deal-making — which enable thought leadership and tactical execution for financial growth. Experienced in diverse enterprises including political accounts as well as both private and public companies in manufacturing, utilities, technology and service industries. His work with several data analysis tools will guarantee pertinent data and clear metrics that will help the party’s decision-making and our ability to course correct.