Haslam elected chairman of Republican Governors Association

Press release from Republican Governors Association

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The Republican Governors Association announced today that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was elected to serve as the RGA Chairman for 2018. Additionally, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was elected to serve as Vice Chairman. Both assume the positions immediately and are a one-year duration.

“Governor Bill Haslam is a proven conservative leader, and with his record of getting results for the people of Tennessee, I’m confident that his capable leadership and tireless work ethic will greatly benefit the RGA in 2018,” said outgoing RGA Chairman Governor Scott Walker. “The achievements Governor Haslam has made in Tennessee are enormously impressive, and his experience providing common sense, pro-growth policies will be vital to ensuring our governors have the resources they need to compete and win in 36 gubernatorial elections scheduled to occur over the next year. It has been an honor to serve with him on the RGA’s Executive Committee for this past year and I look forward to the success he will achieve in 2018 as Chairman of the RGA.”

“Governor Pete Ricketts’ capable leadership will be a major asset to the RGA’s efforts in the upcoming year,” Governor Walker added. “He has been a tireless advocate for the people of Nebraska, working every day to improve the lives of his constituents, and that is exactly the kind of determination the RGA expects from its members. Governor Ricketts’ determination and experience will be integral to the success of our governors and candidates in 2018.”

“As recent elections have shown, the RGA is the most effective political organization in the country and I am honored to serve as the RGA Chairman for 2018,” said Governor Bill Haslam. “I look forward to building on the RGA’s success in 2018, which present numerous opportunities to re-elect our incumbents and elect a new class of Republican governors. All across America, Republican chief executives are proving that they are America’s doers, getting real results for everyday Americans through pro-growth, pro-jobs policies that expand opportunity, and I am proud to serve in this role to help the RGA elect more outstanding leaders.”

“Republican governors are creating real results, reforming government, and driving job creation, and our record majority shows that the RGA knows what it takes to elect effective leaders,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “I look forward to working with Governor Bill Haslam, a proven conservative leader, to recruit strong candidates and build on the RGA’s historic progress in the year ahead.”

Joining Governor Haslam and Governor Ricketts on the RGA’s Executive Committee for 2018 will include Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Eric Greitens of Missouri, Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Phil Bryant of Mississippi. In addition, Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas was elected RGA Policy Chairman, and Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky was elected RGA Policy Vice Chairman.

Note: Haslam previously served as RGA president in 2015.

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