RSLC Pledges to Recruit 300 New Women Candidates

Friday, June 28, 2013

Announces 2013-2014 Right Women, Right Now Election Cycle Metrics as Part of $6 Million Initiative to Support Candidates Who Reflect America’s Full Diversity

Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2013) – Today the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced a commitment to recruiting 300 new women candidates as part of the 2013-2014 election cycle’s Right Women, Right Now initiative of the Future Majority Project.

The announcement was made at the Women on the Right Unite event at the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters featuring leadership and elected officials from the RSLC, RNC, College Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and Republican Governors Association.  Right Women, Right Now Co-Chairs Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman were joined by Hawaii State Representative Beth Fukumoto and New Hampshire State Representative Marilinda Garcia to represent the RSLC and officially announce the 2013-2014 metrics.

Right Women, Right Now Co-Chairs Kleefisch and Wyman issued the following statement on behalf of the Right Women, Right Now advisory board to announce the 2013-2014 metrics:

“Right Women, Right Now creates a culture of support for Republican women and we are proud to announce our commitment to recruit 300 new women to run at the state level during the 2013-2014 election cycle,” said Kleefisch and Wyman.  “By uniting, we will not only help women who put their name on the ballot for the very first time, but will provide a pipeline of leadership from state houses to the White House.

The Republican State Leadership Committee has doubled last year’s Right Women, Right Now initiative and has pledged to recruit 300 new candidates, elect 150 women office holders and fund the initiative as part of a $6 million Future Majority Project – a commitment to elect Republicans who reflect America’s full diversity.  Additionally, Right Women, Right Now will continue mentorship programs, candidate trainings, policy webinars for state legislators and summits to convene women from all sectors to work together.”

Right Women, Right Now was begun last election cycle and exceeded their goals for recruitment, identifying 185 new women candidates, electing 84 new Republican women to state level offices across the country and investing $3 million in the effort as part of the Future Majority Project.

For the 2013-2014 cycle Right Women, Right Now will:

  • Identify, recruit, train and support 300 new women to run for office at the state level
  • Elect 150 new women at the state level
  • Invest $6 million as part of the Future Majority Project that focuses on supporting candidates who reflect America’s full diversity
  • Continue and expand mentoring programs, pairing new women candidates with current elected officials
  • Expand Policy Webinars for current women serving in state houses across the nation
  • Convene a Right Women, Right Now summit in Nashville, TN on September 9-10,2013
  • Work with Right Women, Right Now advisory board members on partnership initiatives within our states that will help the RSLC find women leaders in communities across the nation, and ask them to run

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 $5.5 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 or follow @RSLC on Twitter.


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