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In only five years Republicans have gone from occupying 23 governor’s mansions to 31, including pickups in deep blue Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maryland. This is due in large part to the hard work and leadership of the Republican Governors Association.
The RGA is critically important to electing Republican Governors, and it plays an instrumental role in advancing conservative policies at the state level, but it’s much more than that. From my experience the most important thing about the RGA is what it does to foster the future leaders of our party. All you have to do is take a look at the qualified bench of current and former state executives that are likely to contend for the White House in 2016.
As a forum for ideas and constructive conversation, the RGA provides its members with a platform to elevate state and regional issues to the national level. These conversations are especially important for our newest members to develop blueprints for managing the top priorities in their home states. Connecting our most experienced members with our newest members also inserts fresh ideas into the mix while also building on proven results.
Our Republican Governors are at the forefront of the most pressing policy issues of today. Whether it’s preparing for and managing the threat of a global pandemic or pushing back against the EPA’s unprecedented power grab, RGA members are leading on our biggest issues.
The RGA will host its quarterly meeting in Washington, DC today, a great time to catch up with our members and meet those who have joined our ranks following victories in the last election cycle. I’m looking forward to a productive meeting today and to hearing what this group has to say.