2018 is heating up. Former OKGOP Chairman and RNC State Party Director, Matt Pinnell, has confirmed to The McCarville Report that he’s begun to make phone calls to county party leaders about the possibility of running for Lt. Governor in 2018.
With his national contacts and grassroots network in Oklahoma, Pinnell would be right in the mix in a wide open Lt. Governor race.
Pinnell was hired by Reince Priebus to serve as the chief liaison between the RNC and state parties in 2013. Since that time, the Republican National Committee has produced two of its most successful election cycles–2014 and 2016–in history. The culmination of which was the election of Donald J. Trump in November of 2016. In early 2017, newly-minted Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel tapped Pinnell to oversee her transition team at the RNC.
Prior to joining the RNC, Pinnell served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. At the time of his election, Pinnell was the youngest State Chairman in the country. When Pinnell left that post for the RNC, the Oklahoma GOP held all five Congressional seats and every statewide elected office simultaneously; the first time that had happened in Oklahoma history.
He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and lives in Tulsa with his wife Lisa and their four children. Matt and Lisa own a successful small business called “BinxyBaby.” A baby hammock line of products for shopping carts that Lisa invented and patented.