RGA Announces Future 2022 Leadership

Doug Ducey and Pete Ricketts Named RGA Co-Chairs for 2022
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Named RGA Vice-Chair 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association announced today that Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds have been selected by their peers to continue leadership roles with RGA beyond their current one-year term, serving alongside Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, himself a former RGA chairman.

Governors Ducey and Ricketts will serve together in 2022 as RGA Co-Chairs, and Governor Kim Reynolds — who is in cycle in 2022 and cannot serve as chair — will continue to serve as RGA Vice Chair beyond the current year. All assume the new positions after the 2021 election year concludes and will serve for a one-year duration.

“I am honored to be selected by my peers to continue serving the RGA beyond my current term as chairman and alongside two incredible leaders and friends, Governor Ricketts and Governor Reynolds,” said RGA Chairman Governor Doug Ducey. “I look forward to carrying on the RGA’s momentum as we work to expand the number of Republican-held governor offices. Republican governors are on the frontline of implementing real conservative policy that lifts up working families and I’m excited about the opportunities we have to grow our ranks.”

“With Republican governors leading the states with the lowest unemployment rates, fastest recovery from COVID, and the best environments for business, it is hard to deny their success,” said Governor Pete Ricketts, former RGA Chairman and 2022 Co-Chair. “It is an honor to represent the organization that will ensure we protect and spread that success to even more states across the country. I am grateful to serve alongside these incredible leaders and can’t wait to continue defending our principles and delivering results through 2022.”

“Now more than ever, Americans crave strong leadership. Republican governors have demonstrated an ability to communicate a message that resonates across our country and proved their commitment to their voters during this unprecedented time,” said Vice Chair Governor Kim Reynolds. “I look forward to partnering with Governor Ducey and Governor Ricketts to pick up governors seats and give people a better future through Republican leadership.”

“2022 is already shaping up to be an excellent year for Republicans,” said RGA Executive Director Dave Rexrode. “Having this trio of leaders is the best of all possible outcomes for RGA and for our chances in 2022, and we’re grateful to all for their service.”

Governor Doug Ducey was elected in 2014, re-elected in 2018, and has applied his experience from a successful career in business to bring much-needed change to Arizona government. Upon taking office, the governor inherited a $1 billion budget deficit. He quickly took action and balanced the budget in his first year — without raising taxes. Business is thriving and more people are moving to Arizona than almost anywhere in the country.

Governor Pete Ricketts was sworn in as Nebraska’s 40th Governor on January 8, 2015 and reelected to a second term in November 2018. Over the past six years, Governor Ricketts has worked with the Legislature to deliver over $1.5 billion in direct property tax relief, dramatically reduce the rate of state spending growth, create new workforce development programming, cut unnecessary red tape to bolster Nebraska’s business-friendly climate, and expand international markets for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. 

Governor Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. After being elected to a full term in 2018, Reynolds has maintained a vision that keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values.