RGA Announces New Executive Director Phil Cox

Governor Rick Perry, Chair of the Republican Governors Association, announced today that Phil Cox will be the organization’s new Executive Director, effective today.

“Phil Cox has the talent and experience to continue the RGA’s growth as the most effective and impactful political committee in the country,” said RGA Chairman Rick Perry. “Phil’s experience as a successful campaign manager, senior advisor to a governor, and RGA political staffer gives him a unique perspective on the critical role RGA plays both in winning campaigns and supporting our governors in advancing good public policy.”

As one of RGA’s political staff, Cox spent 2010 helping orchestrate Republican gubernatorial victories in key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Florida. Prior to joining RGA, he served as campaign manager for Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, engineering an historic 18-point landslide victory. Following the victory, Cox served as McDonnell’s transition director and senior political advisor.

“Phil is uniquely qualified to help guide the RGA as it embarks on an expanded role, welcoming more than 15 new governors,” said RGA Vice Chairman Bob McDonnell. “Having served as my campaign manager, transition director, and senior political advisor during my first year as governor, Phil knows how to run highly effective campaigns and understands the many responsibilities confronting our new slate of governors.”

“The governors have established an extremely high bar by which to measure success at the RGA,” said Phil Cox. “I am humbled to have their trust and am excited to not only defend and grow our majority, but also help turn our country around by equipping our governors with resources to help them govern effectively.”

Over the last decade and half, Phil has served as campaign manager or general consultant to more than one hundred campaigns from state legislature to Congress, Attorney General, Lt. Governor, and Governor. He is a native of Hingham, MA, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and currently resides in Falls Church, VA.