Republican Governors Association

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Republican Governors Association
ChairGreg Abbott (TX)
Vice ChairDoug Ducey (AZ)
Policy ChairEric Holcomb (IN)
Policy Vice ChairDoug Burgum (ND)
Executive CommitteeCharlie Baker (MA)
Larry Hogan (MD)
Bill Lee (TN)
Henry McMaster (SC)
Kristi Noem (SD)
Kim Reynolds (IA)
Pete Ricketts (NE)
Founded1963; 57 years ago (1963)
Headquarters1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20006
Political positionCenter-right
Christian right
Social conservatism
AffiliatedRepublican Party
State Governors
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Territorial Governors
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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.[1]

The current RGA chairman is Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, who assumed the office in November 2019.[2]

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.[3]

Its Democratic Party counterpart is the Democratic Governors Association. The RGA is not directly affiliated with the non-partisan National Governors Association.

Current Mission Statement[edit]

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.[4]

List of current Republican governors[edit]

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)
Charlie Baker Massachusetts List 2015 Second term
Larry Hogan Maryland List 2015 Second term (term-limited in 2022)
Tate Reeves Mississippi List 2020 First term
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

Two Governors of a U.S. territory are registered Republicans:

Governor Territory Prev Took office Current term
Ralph Torres Northern Mariana Islands List 2015 First Term (elected to first full term in 2018)
Wanda Vázquez Garced Puerto Rico List 2019 First Term

List of RGA Chairs[edit]

Current and former RGA Chairs.

Term Chair State
1963–1966 Robert Symlie Idaho
1966–1967 John Love Colorado
1967–1968 John Chafee Rhode Island
1968–1970 Ronald Reagan California
1970–1971 Louie Nunn Kentucky
1971–1972 William Milliken Michigan
1972–1973 Linwood Holton Virginia
1973–1974 Winfield Dunn Tennessee
1974–1975 Kit Bond Missouri
1975–1976 Arch Moore West Virginia
1976–1977 Robert Bennett Kansas
1977–1978 Robert Ray Iowa
1978–1979 Otis Bowen Indiana
1979–1980 Richard Snelling Vermont
1980–1981 John Dalton Virginia
1981–1982 Jim Thompson Illinois
1982–1983 Robert Orr Indiana
1983–1984 Vic Atiyeh Oregon
1984–1985 Dick Thornburgh Pennsylvania
1985–1986 John Sununu New Hampshire
1986–1987 Tom Kean New Jersey
1987–1988 Mike Castle Delaware
1988–1989 Mike Hayden Kansas
1989–1990 John Ashcroft Missouri
1990–1991 Carroll Campbell South Carolina
1991–1992 Tommy Thompson Wisconsin
1992–1993 George Voinovich Ohio
1993–1994 Jock McKernan Maine
1994–1995 Mike Leavitt Utah
1995–1996 John Engler Michigan
1996–1997 Terry Branstad Iowa
1997–1998 David Beasley South Carolina
1998–1999 Frank Keating Oklahoma
1999–2000 Ed Schafer North Dakota
2000–2001 Jim Gilmore Virginia
2001 Tom Ridge Pennsylvania
2001–2002 John Rowland Connecticut
2002–2003 Bill Owens Colorado
2003–2004 Bob Taft Ohio
2004–2005 Kenny Guinn Nevada
2005–2006 Mitt Romney Massachusetts
2006–2007 Sonny Perdue Georgia
2007–2008 Rick Perry Texas
2008–2009 Mark Sanford South Carolina
2009–2010 Haley Barbour Mississippi
2010–2011 Rick Perry Texas
2011–2012 Bob McDonnell Virginia
2012–2013 Bobby Jindal Louisiana
2013–2014 Chris Christie New Jersey
2014–2015 Bill Haslam Tennessee
2015–2016 Susana Martinez New Mexico
2016–2017 Scott Walker Wisconsin
2017–2018 Bill Haslam Tennessee
2018–2019 Pete Ricketts Nebraska
2019–present Greg Abbott Texas

Executive Directors[edit]

Term Director
1963–1964 Robert McCall
1966 Carl McMurray
1967–1969 Richard Fleming
1971–1975 Buehl Berentson
1976–1980 Ralph Griffith
1980–1981 Ronald Rietdorf
1981 John Stevens
1982–1985 Carol Whitney
1985–1991 Michele Davis
1991–1995 Chris Henick
1995–1996 Paul Hatch
1996 LeAnne Wilson
1997 Brian Kennedy
1997–2000 Clinton Key
2000–2001 Michael McSherry
2001 Duncan Campbell
2001–2002 Clinton Key
2002–2004 Edward Tobin
2004–2005 Mike Pieper
2005–2006 Phillip Musser
2006–2011 Nick Ayers
2011–2014 Phil Cox
2014–2018 Paul Bennecke
2019-Present Dave Rexrode

2018 election cycle[edit]

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.[5]

In 2017, it sponsored a website The Free Telegraph to promote issues from the perspective of Republicans.[citation needed]


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).[6]

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.[7]


  1. ^ "About the RGA". Archived from the original on 2007-07-27.
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  3. ^ Strauss, Daniel (2018-11-29). "Pete Ricketts elected RGA chairman". Politico. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  4. ^ Ricketts, Pete. "RGA". Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  5. ^ Haslam, Bill. "RGA". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  6. ^ Salant, Jonathan D. (August 16, 2010). "Republicans See Gains in Governors' Races as Funding Hits Peak". Bloomberg News.
  7. ^ "RGA Breaks Fundraising Records, Brings In $63 Million in 2017" (Press release). Washington, DC: RGA. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-02-19.

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