RLCC Convenes Largest Meeting of State Republican Legislative Leaders in History
Washington, D.C. (July 24, 2013) – Today the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) concluded the largest meeting of Republican state legislative leaders in history as part of a nationwide effort to enact conservative state level policies to lead our nation forward. The “Right On” National Meeting brought together Republican state level leadership from every state in the nation to strategize on how to move Republican policies through state legislatures across America.
Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President Chris Jankowski, issued the following statement on behalf of the RLCC:
“The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee’s National Meeting was a successful forum for state leaders to discuss policies of reform and the pathway to achieving them on a wide scale that our nation desperately needs. It is no secret that victory after victory on the state level – from mending broken education systems, to enacting Right to Work; from blocking the vast federal expansion into healthcare, to passing commonsense tax reforms – Republicans have put national Democrats on notice that the true leadership in our Party continues to grow from the states.
"In addition, our Future Majority Project is committed to spending over $6 million to recruit, support and train 200 first time candidates who reflect America’s full diversity and over 300 new women to run for office. It’s critical as a Party, and more importantly a nation, aggressively work to ensure more Hispanic, African American, Asian American and Indian American leaders bring needed voices to our national debate. We are committed to doing so, and welcomed the exemplary vision for this path forward shared by Gov. Luis Fortuño in his keynote address at the National Meeting.
"Despite continued claims by Democrats and the chattering class to the contrary, the GOP is not only alive, but in our states is a robust and growing presence."
Jankowski noted that:
- In 2012, Republicans saw a net gain in more than 30 chambers, increased the number of states under complete Republican legislative control from 25 to 26, and now hold veto-proof majorities in 16 states - up from 13.
- In 2012, Republicans made legislative chamber gains in 6 states won by President Obama: Delaware, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin. Following the 2012 election Republicans control 60 chambers nationwide.
- Currently, 53% of Americans live in states where Republicans control both the governorship and the state legislatures
- In addition to legislative successes, Republicans control 30 governorships, 30 lieutenant governorships, 25 attorneys general seats and 29 secretary of state positions. Republican women outnumber Democratic women as governors and lieutenant governors. Our nation’s only Hispanic governors are Republicans, as well as our nation’s two Indian American governors.
"This meeting was an opportunity for the current and future leaders of the Republican Party to create a sustained vision. Their leadership in legislative chambers from Wisconsin to North Carolina to Tennessee to Michigan has provided tangible results, despite bluster from the left, and that’s why voters are sending them back to state capitols again and again.
"And these results are why Republicans have an increasingly deep bench of strong, new voices within our Party for years to come.”
About the RLCC
The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to electing more Republicans to state legislatures. The RLCC’s primary mission is gaining Republican control of more state legislative chambers by targeting national resources to support winnable local races. Since its formation in 2003, the RLCC has assisted in bringing successes to numerous legislative chambers, and wining historic majorities in states nationwide. The RLCC provides financial training and strategic assistance to state legislatures, ensuring that candidates are equipped with the tools necessary to run effective and efficient campaigns - including organized campaign training schools in key states across the country.
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the office of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state legislator. The RSLC has more than 100,000 donors in all 50 states. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, the RSLC invested in 42 states, breaking previous fundraising and political spending records, set in 2009-2010, with an increase in fundraising by 28 percent to $39 million and an increase in direct political spending by 35 percent to $27 million. This cycle’s effort picked up six new legislative chambers, saw a net gain in over 30 chambers, created or expanded 16 Republican supermajorities and picked up two new attorneys general. Additionally, the RSLC successfully launched the Future Majority Project, spending more than $5 million in direct support of Republican candidates of Hispanic descent and women, and investing to expand digital outreach efforts to millennial voters. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.RSLC.com or follow @RSLC on Twitter.