|Governor Rick Perry Elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association|
Texas Governor Rick Perry was elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association today as the RGA concluded its successful three-day Annual Conference in Dana Point, California. Governor Perry succeeds Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt was re-elected Vice Chairman. As a testament to the confidence the Governors have in him, Governor Blunt will be the first Governor ever to serve two terms as Vice-Chairman.
The election of Governor Perry comes at the end of a year that saw the RGA emerge as a key momentum builder for the Republican Party. RGA took two out of three races this year and picked up its first Governorship since 2004. RGA has also out raised the Democratic Governors Association by a 2-to-1 margin.
“Governor Perdue and Governor Blunt did an outstanding job getting RGA ready for the next three years,” said Governor Rick Perry. “Republican governors are committed to transforming our nation from the ground up and states are where the creativity and innovation exist to address the challenges that face our nation.”
This past year was the first year of RGA’s four year plan that will give it the opportunity to win back the majority of Governorships in 2010. The four year plan includes strategic budgeting, candidate recruiting, aggressive fundraising, staff continuity and a commitment to helping Governors develop innovative ideas to lead their states forward.
Earlier this year the RGA hosted a Senior Staff Retreat where 34 senior staff members of Republican Governors discussed important policy issues with Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Secretary Mike Leavitt and other experts.
In addition to the election of Governors Perry and Blunt as Chairman and Vice Chairman, Governor Haley Barbour was elected Finance Chair, Governor Mark Sanford was elected Dinner Chair, and Governor Sonny Perdue was elected Recruiting Chair.
This is the first time that RGA has a Governor as Chairman of its Finance Committee and is also the first time that it has a Recruiting Chair. Improved fundraising and aggressive recruiting of the best candidates are key components of the four year plan.