Washington, D.C. — The Log Cabin Republicans National Board of Directors has announced two new prominent and historic additions to its growing roster: Daniel E. Innis and Eli Lehrer.

“The appointments of Mr. Innis and Mr. Lehrer to our Board represent the addition of two huge assets to our organization,” Log Cabin Republicans National Chairman Jamie Ensley stated. “Mr. Innis brings an extensive amount of experience to our board having served as Dean of a University, a former congressional candidate and current GOP Finance Chairman from the all-important primary state of New Hampshire, and as a business owner. Mr. Lehrer is similarly distinguished, with a deep knowledge of conservative solutions to an array of issues. As the first straight male ally to join the Log Cabin Republicans National Board, Mr. Lehrer brings a unique perspective to our organization. We’re delighted to welcome both to the Log Cabin National Board of Directors.”

“As a strong believer in limited government, liberty, and equality for all, I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the mission of Log Cabin Republicans,” Innis remarked. “A strong and inclusive Republican Party is critical to winning elections, and I am confident that LCR can continue to help the Party to grow and succeed over the coming years. I Iook forward to doing my part to help.”

“As a conservative and a Republican, I have long thought that our party has to do much more to assure that we don’t leave anyone out of our coalition,” Lehrer said. “That’s how we can and will win elections. I am hugely proud to be part of the Log Cabin Republicans National Board of Directors.”

Daniel E. Innis is the Finance Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Additionally, he is Professor of Marketing and Hospitality Management at the University of New Hampshire. He is the former Dean of the UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business, and he was the driving force behind the new Peter T. Paul College building, a $50 million project that resulted in a state-of-the-art business building at the University of New Hampshire. Professor Innis is co-author of the book Strategic Planning for Logistics, his papers have appeared in numerous academic journals, and he has made many presentations at professional conferences and meetings. He has also consulted with several Fortune 500 firms in the areas of distribution, channel management, and buyer behavior. Professor Innis earned his Ph.D. in marketing and logistics with a minor in consumer behavior from The Ohio State University in 1991. He lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with his husband, Doug Palardy, and together they own and operate the Hotel Portsmouth, the only independently owned hotel in downtown Portsmouth.

Eli Lehrer has the distinction of being the first straight male ally on the Log Cabin Republicans National Board of Directors. He is president and co-founder of The R Street Institute, a conservative think tank where he oversees R Street’s central headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as its field offices in Tallahassee, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; and Austin, Texas and manages the organization’s $2.5 million budget. Prior to co-founding R Street, Lehrer was Vice President of the Heartland Institute. He also played a major role in founding SmarterSafer.org, a coalition of taxpayer, environmental, insurance and free-market groups dedicated to risk-based insurance rates, mitigation and environmental protection. He is the author of several academic book chapters on emergency management and insurance topics; and was editor of Heartland’s “Seven Big Ideas for Congress.” His research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. Lehrer worked as speechwriter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, (R-TN). He previously worked as a manager in Unisys Corp.’s Homeland Security Practice, was senior editor of The American Enterprise magazine, and a fellow for the Heritage Foundation. Lehrer earned a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Cornell University and a masters’ with honors from Johns Hopkins University, where his master’s thesis focused on the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Washington Times, Weekly Standard, National Review, Public Interest, Salon and dozens of other publications. Lehrer lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife, Kari and son Andrew.