People to Watch: Matt Pinnell is a Republican leader you won’t find on any ballot
By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
The general public may not know Matt Pinnell’s name, but they know his work.
Pinnell’s fingerprints are all over the machinery propelling the Republican Party. At 36, he is one of the Republican National Committee’s highest-ranking staffers, in charge of wrangling all 50 state parties and organizing them for 2016 elections.
Before that, he ran the Oklahoma Republican Party during some of its most productive years, worked on campaigns for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and former Congressman Steve Largent, and worked in government relations in the Washington, D.C., area.
When Pruitt refers to Pinnell as the “next RNC chairman,” he’s only kidding a little.
Depending on how this year’s elections shake out, Pinnell could move up even further in the party hierarchy.