Animal Rights Committee – Members

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Arizona
Sam Hales

California
Heather Walker (June 2018 – June 2020)
Mike Feinstein, Observer
Peggy Koteen  (June 2020 – June 2022)
Justin Richardson (February 2020 – February 2022)

Colorado
Andrea Mérida
Brianna Friend
Sean Friend

Connecticut
Mary Lawrence, Co-Chair
Megan Callaghan
Mike Westerfield

Florida
Bonnie Redding (June 2019  – June 2021)
Nick Ostermann (June 2019  – June 2021)
Jyoti Chawla (June 2020  – June 2022)

Lavender Caucus
Starlene Rankin

Maine
Jacqui Deveneau

Massachusetts
Joshua Gerloff

Maryland
Mary Turtle Rooker

Michigan
John Anthony LaPietra (March 2019 – March 2021)
Jamie Carnell (March 2019 – March 2021)
Dawn Cronen (March 2019 – March 2021)

Minnesota
Sharon LeMay

Nevada
William Huggins

New York
Craig Seeman, Co-Chair

Pennsylvania
Katrina Raser

Texas
Alma Williams
Bernadine Williams
Mary Gourdoux

Virginia
B. Sidney Smith (Sid)
Charlie Jordan
Kyle Rockett

Washington
Charles Law (August 2020 – August 2022)

Steering Committee Liason
Tamar Yager


Updated on August 24, 2020


The GPUS Animal Rights Committee was established by the GPUS National Committee on March 27, 2016.

The Animal Rights Committee is based upon this Mission Statement and the GPUS Ethical Treatment of Animals platform statement.

Committee members can now be appointed by state parties and caucuses – up to three per state party or caucus. It is recommended that appointees have a background in animal rights issues and are supportive of the Committee Purpose, Mission Statement, and Rules.

Appointments should be sent to the GPUS Secretary.

The Animal Rights Committee operates according to these Committee Rules.