Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gov. McDonnell elected Vice-Chairman of Republican Governor's Association

For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2010
Contact: D.J. Eckert
(804) 380.8324

Governor McDonnell Elected Vice-Chairman of Republican Governors Association
Vote Takes Place at RGA Meeting in San Diego; Governor Rick Perry of Texas Elected Chairman

SAN DIEGO- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Governors Association today at the group's meeting in San Diego. Governor Rick Perry of Texas will serve as RGA Chairman. Joining Perry and McDonnell on the RGA Executive Committee will be: Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi; Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey; Governor-elect Nikki Haley of South Carolina; and, Governor-elect Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

Speaking about the election, Governor McDonnell remarked, "It is an honor to be elected by my peers to this leadership position with the Republican Governors Association. It is an historic time to be a Republican governor. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Haley Barbour, Executive Director Nick Ayers, and the entire staff of the RGA we have made tremendous gains over the past two years. After January, twenty-nine states will have Republican governors. From the upper Midwest to the East Coast to the South to the Rocky Mountains, Republican chief executives will be leading their states through this pivotal moment in American history. The solutions necessary to bring our nation out of this tough economy and into a new period of prosperity and achievement will be crafted, debated and implemented in our state capitols. That is why the work of the RGA is so critically important. Good politics makes good policy, and the RGA combines effective practical politics with innovative and visionary policy development. I look forward to helping lead the effort to ensure more Republican governors are elected in 2011 and the years ahead, and joining my fellow Republican governors in implementing policies that help get our citizens back to work and our economy back on track."



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