Republicans Mourn Operatives Bill Steiner, Dan Morgan

Posted September 9, 2013 at 4:39pm

The Republican community continues to mourn two of the party’s longtime operatives. Republican National Committee Director of Strategy Bill Steiner and GOP consultant Dan Morgan died last month.

An 18-Year RNC veteran

Steiner, 41, died Aug. 27 after a long battle with cancer.

“Bill was an institution at the RNC — he served his Party and his country here for an amazing 18 years and touched the lives of countless campaigns, elected officials and operatives who looked up to him,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a written statement.

Steiner was born in Hagerstown, Md. He attended high school in Waynesboro, Pa., and later graduated from Colgate University

Steiner is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert G. “Bob” and Donna H. Steiner, sister Amy E. Steiner and longtime girlfriend Mallory Crosland.

Friends and colleagues have scheduled a “celebration of life” for Steiner in the coming weeks.

From Disco to the NRCC

Dan Morgan, 62, died in his sleep on Aug. 28.

“He may be the only person ever to go from being a music promoter to working for the NRCC,” said his friend Chuck Askew at his Aug. 30 funeral, according to attendees.

A native of California, Morgan attended Brigham Young University-Idaho (formerly Ricks College) and was a missionary in Texas. He later graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

After college, he owned a disco in Salt Lake City.

Early in his political career, Morgan was financial director to the 1988 presidential campaigns of former Nevada Republican Sen. Paul Laxalt’s and former Republican Delaware Gov. Pierre S. du Pont IV.

In 1988, he founded his political action committee fundraising firm, Dan Morgan & Associates. Three years later, he hired his protege, Todd Meredith, and by 1992, the firm had expanded into direct mail. The company is now known as Morgan, Meredith & Associates.

“He’s been a mentor to me and so, so many others,” Meredith said. “He trained me from the ground up.”

Over the years, Morgan’s client list included former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas and former Republican Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma.

“Dan was a critical part of helping Armey redevelop a national following back in the late ’80s thru the mid-’90s,” said Armey’s former chief of staff Kerry A. Knott. “He helped grow Armey’s donor list from a few thousand to 50,000 in just a few years.”

Mourners paid their respects at an Aug. 30 service at the Tall Cedars Ward Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chantilly, Va., The deceased’s son, Jake Morgan, delivered the family tribute.

Morgan is survived by his wife, Shelly Morgan, and their four children: Makensie, Kassidy, Jake and Kolby.

“He was always pleasure to work with … and he made a huge impact in Dick’s office, our nation and to me personally,” Knott added.