Lee named policy chairman of Republican Governors Association

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a groundbreaking event in Nashville on Dec. 13, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has been named policy chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Lee’s predecessor, Bill Haslam, served two stints as chair of the group.

Here’s the release from the RGA:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association announced today that Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was elected to serve as RGA Chair and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was elected to serve as RGA Vice Chair for 2021. Both assume the positions immediately and will serve for a one-year duration.

“Governor Doug Ducey’s exemplary leadership in the great State of Arizona has prepared him well to assume the role of Chairman of the RGA, and I look forward to his accomplishments on behalf of our nation’s Republican Governors,” said outgoing RGA Chairman Governor Greg Abbott. “Following the RGA’s widespread success in the 2020 election, Republican Governors can count on Governor Ducey to maintain the organization’s effectiveness and help expand their majority even further.”

“I am honored to serve as the next Chairman of the RGA for this upcoming year. I look forward to building on the RGA’s momentum as we work to expand the Republican majority. In Arizona, we’ve put forward bold policy solutions and meaningful reforms that’s made our state one of the fastest-growing in the nation and we look forward to leading Republican Governors in bringing these reforms to the rest of our country,” said incoming RGA Chairman Governor Doug Ducey. “I want to congratulate my friend Governor Greg Abbott on his successful tenure, and I am excited to work with him and the Executive Committee to build a strong foundation for success in the 2021 and 2022 elections. I also am excited to serve with my good friend Governor Kim Reynolds, who has been a mentor for myself and my colleagues.”

“If the challenges of 2020 taught us anything, it’s that leadership matters. Republican Governors across our country stepped up during an unprecedented time and I am honored to be a part of this incredible team,” said incoming RGA Vice Chairwoman Governor Kim Reynolds. “Across the nation, Republican Governors are leading America’s economic comeback, working to grow jobs, expand opportunity, and keep our communities safe. I look forward to partnering with RGA Chairman Governor Ducey to grow our ranks and elect more Republican governors across the country.”

Joining Governor Ducey and Governor Reynolds on the RGA’s Executive Committee for 2021 are Governors Eric Holcomb of Indiana, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, and Greg Abbott of Texas, who served as RGA Chair in 2020. Additionally, Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee was elected Policy Chairman, and Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi was elected Policy Vice Chairman.

12 Responses to Lee named policy chairman of Republican Governors Association

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Lee is wealthy, but not enough to be the Chairman

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Since the republican party has so very little policy to discuss, why would they need a “chairman?”
    I guess it sounds good.

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    John W Niven Jr says:

    This is a very nice honor for Gov Lee and for the State of Tennessee. Why don’t you cynics go take a long walk down a short pier. Taxpayer #314, you don’t even have the guts to identify yourself

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      A nice honor that probably means our Governor will be flying to nice out of state locations on the taxpayer’s dime to attend RGA meetings.

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        John W Niven Jr says:

        Cannoneer, Have you ever been to a convention ? Was it held at a location that is out of town for everybody who attended ? Did you learn anything ? Did you have occasion to interact with others who have your same job in other parts of the country ? Did you ever find out they have a lot of the same problems you do and have a solution or 2 you haven’t thought of ? Did you have a solution they haven’t thought of ? Did somebody pay for you to be there ?

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          Cannoneer2 says:

          I’m not opposed to him holding this position, or attending any meetings wherever they are held, but I am opposed to any taxpayer money being used for it. I would have the exact same opinion if it involved the Democratic Governor’s Association.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    If “leadership matters,’ as the statement in the story says, then Lee is the least-likely Governor in the nation to provide it. Bless his heart. He has been over his head since the moment he announced his candidacy.

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    steve cates says:

    This shows they are not a very discriminating group! Lee could not lead a hungry horse to a bucket of shelled corn.

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    Robert Waggoner says:

    Great Governor

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Perhaps the new “Policy Chairman” of the Republican Governors Association could propose a “policy” to address this Pandemic that has been raging across the USA and TN for the last ten months. Ten months and 15 Million deaths in the US already and none of the Republicans, at the Federal or State level have a plan yet on what to do. They in fact are leading the way in proclaiming that this virus isn’t real, it will go away soon, and is nothing to worry about. Six of the “most deadly days in American History have been in this past week” and the Republicans continue on with their holiday parties without a care. Our senator, Alexander played the piano in the crowded senate rotunda the other day with no mask. This pandemic did not have to be this way, the exploding death toll is a direct reflection of Bad Leadership and No Planning.

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