Drew Mercy, Chairman
Drew Mercy works as senior advisor and taxpayer advocate for Sen. George Runner, Member of the State Board of Equalization. In that capacity, Drew works directly with taxpayers helping them navigate the often challenging maze of state government. Their office works to make the agency operate as efficiently and taxpayer friendly as possible.
He is active in the community serving as a City of Lancaster Planning Commissioner and Vice President of the Antelope Valley Fair Association Board of Directors. He is a past member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the State Prison in Lancaster and the Antelope Valley College Bond Oversight Committee.
Hon. Marvin Crist, Vice Chairman
A successful business owner and former firefighter at Plant 42, Marvin Crist was elected to the Lancaster City Council in 2010 where he has fought for greater public safety and fostering a business friendly climate that attracts job creation. In 2012, he was elected by the council to serve as Vice Mayor.
He is also the President of the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Boosters, a member of Lancaster West Rotary. He is one of the communities leading philanthropists helping raise funds for a number of charities throughout the Antelope Valley.
Lisa Moulton , Secretary
Lisa Moulton works as the District Director for Congressman Steve Knight. In that role, Lisa works with constituents helping them resolve issues with state agencies and oversees the three district offices for the Congressman.
Lisa is active in the community serving as a City of Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commissioner, board member Care Net Women’s Resource Center, member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the State Prison in Lancaster and immediate past president of the Antelope Valley Republican Women Federated.
Josh Mann, Treasurer
Josh is a Regional Liaison Manager for the State Board of Equalization, where he works to assist entrepreneurs and organizations in northern Los Angeles and eastern Kern counties with navigating California’s business tax policies. In addition, he operates a consulting firm, where he has worked with clients in the energy, professional services and hospitality industries as well as candidates for public office.
Josh is a community volunteer, currently serving on the boards of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, Antelope Valley Board of Trade, Antelope Valley Family YMCA, Lancaster Museum & Public Art Foundation and the Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley.
Norm Hickling, Assistant Secretary
Norm Hickling serves as the Antelope Valley Field Deputy for LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. He is Chairman of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority as well as the Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Jobs Defense Council.
Prior to his current position in the Supervisor's office, Norm was an executive with the Boeing Company and High Desert Medical Group.
He resides in Lancaster with his wife, Karen.
Matthew Himlin, Assistant Treasurer
Hon. Raj Malhi, Executive Cmte. Rep.
Raj Malhi was appointed to the Lancaster City Council in 2015 after serving seven years on the City's Planning Commission.
He is the owner of Malhi's Indian Cuisine restaurants and several other family owned businesses in the Antelope Valley.
An immigrant, Raj and his family came to the United States when he was a child to seek their American Dream. He is a Republican because he is committed to ensuring the American Dream and entrepreneurship that his family earned remains available for future generations.
Hon. Kevin McCarthy, Congressman
First elected in 2006, Kevin is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident. He is committed to policies that give small businesses and entrepreneurs the confidence they need to hire, expand, invest and innovate.
In 2010, Congressman McCarthy led the Republican campaign efforts to retake the House and take the Speaker's gavel from Nancy Pelosi. He was overwhelmingly promoted as a result of his hardwork and dedication, first to House Majority Whip, and recently to House Majority Leader. He is diligently working to promote common sense conservative policies in the House of Representatives to move our nation forward.
Steve is currently in his first term in the United States House of Representatives, having previously served in state and local office. In November, 2014, he was elected to the United States Congress, the first Antelope Valley resident ever to be sent to Washington. Before being sworn in, he was successful in obtaining a seat on the House Armed Services Committee.
He previously served on the Palmdale City Council from 2005-2008, the State Assembly from 2008-2012 and the State Senate from 2012-2014. Upon assuming office in the state legislature, Steve left his 18-year career as a sworn police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department, where he was selected to serve on the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) team fighting street gangs.
Hon. Steve Knight, Congressman
Hon. George Runner, Board of Equalization Member
Elected in November 2010 and re-elected in 2014, George Runner represents the State Board of Equalization's Second District. He is a leading advocate for California taxpayers.
During his time on the Board, George Runner has worked to improve California’s tax policies and practices and to create and retain more private sector jobs in our state.
Prior to his election to the Board, he served as a Councilman and Mayor in Lancaster, Assemblyman and State Senator.
He is the author of California's Amber Alert and co-author with his wife Senator Sharon Runner of Jessica's Law.
Hon. Scott Wilk, State Senator
Scott Wilk was born at Antelope Valley Hospital and raised in the Antelope Valley. He attended local schools before graduating with a B.A. from California State University, Bakersfield.
Most recently, Scott was elected Senator of the 21st Senate District which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Victor valleys.
Before being elected to the Senate, Scott served as the State Assemblyman for California’s 38th State Assembly District.
Hon. Tom Lackey, State Assemblyman
Tom has served as a Highway Patrol Officer for nearly 28 years. A former special education teacher, he was elected to the Palmdale School Board in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. In 2005 he was elected to the Palmdale City Council. In June, 2014, he was the top vote getter by a large margin to be our Assembly Nominee, and went on to be among the first Republicans since 1994 to defeat an incumbent Democrat in the Legislature. Of the three Republicans that election to beat an incumbent, Tom's margin of victory was the only one larger than twenty percent.
Tom has spent most of his life in the Antelope Valley, having grown up in Boron. He and his wife Theresa make their home in Palmdale with their two children, Justin and Jani.