The Republican Governors Association announced its leadership for the 2011-2012 election cycle.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was elected to continue serving as Chairman and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will remain Vice Chairman.
“Thanks to the support of all 29 Republican governors, the RGA laid a strong foundation to expand our majority in 2012,” said RGA Chairman Bob McDonnell. “In 2011, the RGA won historic victories in Louisiana and Mississippi, and we are raising record sums. Next year, Democrats must defend 8 of 11 states scheduled to hold governors’ races, and the RGA is in position to make a major impact in battleground states as well as in states that will be holding both a governor’s and U.S. Senate race.”
Other members of the RGA Executive Committee include: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
In addition to naming members to the executive committee, the governors tapped Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as Policy Chairman to lead the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee.
“After increasing the number of Republicans from 22 to 29 over the previous election cycle, Governor Barbour and RGA leadership set out to reflect this surge at the state level with a more prominent voice on national issues, and we look forward to extending the effectiveness with which they have done so,” Daniels said.
The RGPPC will also embark on a program of innovation matchmaking to enable GOP-led states to improve governmental service by learning from each other. “A more effective governor is a more electable governor,” Daniels said.