In 2009, Governor Haley Barbour and I setup the Executive Roundtable at the RGA to add some financial weight behind GOP governors across the country. At the time, there were only 19 Republican governors. Today, those ranks have grown to 32, and a lot of that can be attributed to the hard work we’ve put in at the Executive Roundtable and the RGA as a whole.
The prolific fundraising and execution by the RGA has allowed Republicans to play both offense and defense in races across the country. We defended 22 seats vs. the Democrats 14 in 2014, and picked up seats in deep blue Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
As the Finance Chairman at the RGA for the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the best and brightest up and coming members in the Party. Many of them have led their states back from tough economic times by implementing common sense conservative reforms. A handful of these governors are running for President this cycle, and more are likely to seek the White House in future elections.
Our bench is deeper than ever before, and I’m confident that it will be our current and former state executives that will continue to lead the Party at both the state and the national levels.
For a good read on the fantastic work the RGA has been doing, check out Kevin Robillard’s recent article in Politico, “Republican governors: A winning machine.”