Somehow I missed this when it was announced a few weeks back but Meredith Jessup over at The Blaze caught it… The Republican Governors Association made their new selections for the 2011 leadership council. The selections are nominated and voted on by their peers. Last year’s Chairman was Haley Barbour from Mississippi and he will be staying on as Policy Chairman after successfully guiding the RGA to massive gains in the state offices. Incoming Chairman, Rick Perry of Texas is a superb choice after his already impressive display of leadership in getting a grip on Texas’ budget, placing the state into the top position of balanced budgets. Although no state truly avoids budgetary shortfalls anymore, Governor Rick Perry has demonstrated the ability to lead his state towards financial stability by eliminating a $10Billion budget shortfall in 2003.
The entire list of the leadership council reads like a veritable “who’s who” of Republican Governors and Governor-Elects. Stepping in as the Vice Chairman is recently elected Bob McDonnell from Virginia. Although he hasn’t received the same level of recognition on the national scene as some of his fellow leaders, Bob was already a standout legislator in his home state. With a background as a prosecutor, he served with excellence in multiple legal capacities for his state, earning him accolades from Warren Fiske of The Virginia-Pilot,
“His fingerprints are all over major pieces of legislation from welfare reform, to judicial performance evaluations, to juvenile justice and parole reform, to tort revisions. Few legislators can duplicate his track record of involvement and success.” (Virginian-Pilot article, “Beach delegate stakes claim to state’s No. 3 slot,” Warren Fiske, October 19, 2005)
Stepping into the position of Gala Chairman is the potential 2012 Presidential candidate, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Already ahead of the league, Bobby is the youngest Governor currently serving in the United States. As a champion of ethics reform, he demonstrated his no compromise, no nonsense nature during the aftermath of the BP spill. Rising to the occasion, Bobby stood tall against pressure from the Obama administration who expected the relatively new governor to bow down to policies limiting the role of the state’s efforts to protect itself. Bobby disobeyed Obama’s and BP’s demands to not build sand berms in order to keep the oil slick at bay, garnering him condemnation from an angry president. Among his amazing ethics achievements:
“As a result of Jindal’s reforms, the Center for Public Integrity gave Louisiana’s new public disclosure law a 99 out of 100 points, placing the state on par with having one of the nation’s best disclosure laws. Prior to Jindal’s special session, Louisiana earned 43 out of 100 points, placing it in the bottom fifth of all states.”
Filling the position of Recruitment Chairman is Governor-Elect Nikki Haley. After a volatile and nasty election, Nikki probably is best suited for what it takes to spot qualified individuals who can withstand even the dirtiest of mudslinging that the Democrats will throw when they’re desperate.
Rounding out the selections are the At-Large members, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and some guy named Chris Christie. Martinez is an in-coming Governor who pledged to
“cut wasteful spending, lower taxes to create more jobs, end “pay-to-play” practices and other corruption in government and fight to reform education.”
A member of latino descent, Martinez served for 13 years as a District Attorney before deciding to run for Governor. She worked on many cases relating to children and issues affecting children including,
“Katie’s Law is named after Katie Sepich, a 22-year old college student whose killer Susana Martinez prosecuted and convicted. The law now requires law enforcement to take DNA for most violent felony arrests and include the samples in a database to help bring criminals to justice.”
The final member, like I said is some guy named Chris Christie from New Jersey. I’m not too sure there is much known about this guy but with a name like that, you can expect that he must be a pushover. He almost sounds like he would be a “teacher’s pet”… I can’t imagine he would have a bright future in the RGA. Ok, I kid… Chris Christie will probably be the next Chairman if he doesn’t turn it down like he has tried to regarding running for president in 2012.
The newly elected executive committee of the 2011 Republican Governors Association is:
Chairman: Rick Perry, Texas
Vice Chairman: Bob McDonnell, Virginia
Gala Chairman: Bobby Jindal, Louisiana
Policy Chairman: Haley Barbour, Mississippi (Note: Barbour is the outgoing RGA Chairman)
Recruitment Chairman: Nikki Haley, South Carolina
At-Large: Susana Martinez, New Mexico
At-Large: Chris Christie, New Jersey