St. Tammany Republican Groups
                Connecting the Republican Community
                        in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana


St. Tammany, RPEC
Republican Parish Executive Committee

Republican Parish Executive Committee (RPEC)

St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee is the governing body for the Republican Party in our Parish.  We are a committee of 19 members elected for a 4- year term by the Republican voters.  Our focus is on voter education, voter outreach and increased voter participation in our election process.  RPEC meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Parish Council Chambers located at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA 70471.  Republicans are encouraged and invited to attend. 

RPEC Members at Large:

Roy K. Burns, Jr.

Pamela Ferguson, Treasurer

Gerard Gianoli, Corresponding Secretary

James Hartman

Maureen O'Brien

RPEC Member District 1:  Rob Maness

RPEC Member District 2:  Peter Egan

RPEC Member District 3:   Amy Moisant

RPEC Member District 4:   Linda Begue, Chair

RPEC Member District 5:   Joyette Musselman Rhoden, Recording Secretary

RPEC Member District 6:   Ross Lagarde

RPEC Member District 7:   Jackie Schneider

RPEC Member District 8:   Barbara Doyle

RPEC Member District 9:   John B. Wells 

RPEC Member District 10:  Michael C. Nation

RPEC Member District 11:  Larry Frieman

RPEC Member District 12:  John Raymond, Vice Chair

RPEC Member District 13:  Jacob A. "Jake" Airey

RPEC Member District 14:  Will Rachal


We believe in the power and opportunity of America’s free-market economy. We believe in the importance of sensible business regulations that promote confidence in our economy among consumers, entrepreneurs and businesses alike. We oppose interventionist policies that put the federal government in control of industry and allow it to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.

National Defense

President Ronald Reagan’s approach to America’s national defense, which successfully confronted the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War, is as essential today as it was then: Peace through strength — an enduring peace, based on freedom and the will to defend it. Today, it requires defending America’s homeland, including remaining vigilant in confronting global terrorism, maintaining a robust defense against the threats arising from nuclear proliferation, including a strong ballistic missile defense for America and our allies, and promoting an effective, capable intelligence community. It requires a full commitment to America’s Armed Forces to ensure they are modern, agile and adaptable to the unpredictable range of challenges in the years ahead. And it requires a sustained international effort, which complements our military activities, to develop and maintain alliances and relationships that will lead to greater peace and stability. While the United States participates in various international organizations which can serve the cause of peace and posterity, they must never substitute for principled American leadership nor prevent America from joining other democracies to protect our vital national interests.

Health Care

We support common-sense reforms that will lower costs, ensure quality health care that Americans deserve, and end lawsuit abuse. We oppose government-run health care, which won’t protect the physician-patient relationship, won’t promote competition, and won’t promote health care quality and choice.


We believe that maintaining a world-class system of primary and secondary education with high standards in which all students can reach their potential is critically important to America’s future. We believe parents should be empowered to send their children to the school of their choice.


We believe in energy independence. We support an “all of the above” approach that encourages the responsible production of nuclear power, clean coal, solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, as well as drilling for oil and natural gas in an environmentally responsible way. We oppose so-called cap and trade legislation that would impose a national energy tax on families and small business that would kill jobs and raise utility prices.


Republicans believe a judge’s role is to interpret the law, not make law from the bench. Judges in our federal court system, from district courts to the Supreme Court, should demonstrate fidelity to the U.S. Constitution. We trust the judicial system to base rulings on the law, and nothing else.