Republican Governors Association
The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is a Washington, D.C.-based 527 organization founded in 1963, consisting of U.S. state and territorial Republican governors. The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to one primary objective: electing and supporting Republican governors.
The current RGA chairman is Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, who assumed the office in November 2018 at the RGA leadership conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Texas Governor Greg Abbott was elected as vice chairman.
The RGA’s Executive Committee for 2019 includes Governors Doug Ducey of Arizona, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, and Kristi Noem of South Dakota. In addition, Governor Eric Holcomb of Indiana was elected RGA Policy Chairman, and Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky was elected RGA Policy Vice Chairman.
Current Mission Statement
The current mission statement of the RGA is as follows:
|“||The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to one primary objective: electing and supporting Republican governors. Republicans now hold a majority of 27 governorships as millions of Americans enjoy the strong leadership provided by Republican chief executives. All across the country, Republican governors are implementing innovative ideas, lowering taxes, growing jobs and achieving meaningful reform. Republican governors are America’s doers. We are transforming our states for the better, driving economic growth, reinventing state government and getting results. The RGA continues to be the most effective political organization in America and Republican governors continue to be the best investment for advancing conservative policies across the country.||”|
List of current Republican governors
All are members of the Republican Governors Association
|Current Governor||State||Past||Took office||Current term|
|Kay Ivey||Alabama||List||2017||First Term (elected to first full term in 2018)|
|Mike Dunleavy||Alaska||List||2018||First Term|
|Doug Ducey||Arizona||List||2015||Second Term (term-limited in 2022)|
|Asa Hutchinson||Arkansas||List||2015||Second Term (term-limited in 2022)|
|Ron DeSantis||Florida||List||2019||First Term|
|Brian Kemp||Georgia||List||2019||First term|
|Brad Little||Idaho||List||2019||First Term|
|Eric Holcomb||Indiana||List||2017||First term|
|Kim Reynolds||Iowa||List||2017||First Term (elected to first full term in 2018)|
|Matt Bevin||Kentucky||List||2015||First term|
|Charlie Baker||Massachusetts||List||2015||Second term|
|Larry Hogan||Maryland||List||2015||Second term (term-limited in 2022)|
|Phil Bryant||Mississippi||List||2012||Second term (term-limited in 2019)|
|Mike Parson||Missouri||List||2018||First term|
|Pete Ricketts||Nebraska||List||2015||Second term (term-limited in 2022)|
|Chris Sununu||New Hampshire||List||2017||Second term|
|Doug Burgum||North Dakota||List||2016||First term|
|Mike DeWine||Ohio||List||2019||First term|
|Kevin Stitt||Oklahoma||List||2019||First term|
|Henry McMaster||South Carolina||List||2017||First term (elected to first full term in 2018)|
|Kristi Noem||South Dakota||List||2019||First term|
|Bill Lee||Tennessee||List||2019||First term|
|Greg Abbott||Texas||List||2015||Second term|
|Gary Herbert||Utah||List||2009||Second term (elected to first full term in 2012)|
|Phil Scott||Vermont||List||2017||Second term|
|Jim Justice||West Virginia||List||2017||First term|
|Mark Gordon||Wyoming||List||2019||First term|
One Governor of a U.S. territory is a registered Republican:
|Governor||Territory||Prev||Took office||Current term|
|Ralph Torres||Northern Mariana Islands||List||2015||First Term (elected to first full term in 2018)|
List of RGA Chairs
Current and former RGA Chairs.
2018 election cycle
36 gubernatorial races occurred during the 2018 election cycle. The elections were held on November 6, 2018, with Republicans losing a net of 7 governorships.
In the 18 months ending June 30, 2010, the RGA raised $58 million, while its counterpart DGA raised $40 million. “Unlike the national political parties and federal candidates, the governors’ associations can take in unlimited amounts from corporations,” according to Bloomberg, which notes that the RGA recently received $1 million from Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation, the parent corporation of Fox News, and $500,000 from WellPoint (now Anthem).
In 2018, the Republican Governors Association announced that $63.2 million was raised in all of 2017, including $27.2 million raised in the final six months of the year, setting a new fundraising record that significantly eclipses the $52.5 million raised in 2013, the last comparable year.
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- Salant, Jonathan D. (August 16, 2010). “Republicans See Gains in Governors’ Races as Funding Hits Peak”. Bloomberg News.
- “RGA Breaks Fundraising Records, Brings In $63 Million in 2017” (Press release). Washington, DC: RGA. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-02-19.