Gus Portela is serving as the National Political Director. Gus, born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, has been active in Michigan politics since his sophomore year in high school. Gus is a seasoned political operative having worked on multiple campaigns in Michigan and most recently on Rick Santorum’s Presidential campaign as a part of the Delegate Operations Team. Prior to coming on board, Gus worked for the Michigan based firm Strategic National.
Gus worked his way up from being a member of the College Republicans his freshman year at his college, to becoming first Hispanic Chairman of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans for the 2010-2011 cycle, one that proved to be extremely successful for the organization shattering fundraising records, expansion in number of chapters, and improved online presence. Under his leadership, the Michigan College Republicans helped to bring a new Republican Governor to Michigan, a majority in the state house, and a super majority in the state senate. Gus’ work aided in the capture of two Congressional seats, as well as, abetting the election of a new Republican Attorney General and Secretary of State.
Most recently, Gus served as the Midwestern Regional Vice Chairman for the College Republican National Committee under Chairman Alex Schriver. As a proud Hispanic Republican, Portela’s biggest passion is to bridge the gap between Hispanic voters and the Republican Party.
“If government planning and welfare had the answer – and they’ve had almost 30 years of it – shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while?” asked Ronald Reagan in 1964.