Republican Governors Association

Republican Governors Association
Chair Bill Haslam (TN)
Vice Chair Pete Ricketts (NE)
Executive Committee Matt Bevin, Phil Bryant, Doug Burgum, Eric Holcomb, Asa Hutchinson, Susana Martinez, Mary Fallin, Scott Walker
Founded 1963 (1963)
Headquarters 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20006
Political position Center-right
Christian right
Social conservatism
Affiliated Republican Party
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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 Bill Haslam of Tennessee, who assumed the office in November 2017 at the RGA leadership conference in Austin, Texas. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was elected as vice chairman.[2][3]

The RGA’s Executive Committee for 2018 includes Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Phil Bryant of Mississippi. In addition, Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas was elected RGA Policy Chairman, and Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky was elected RGA Policy Vice Chairman.[4]

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

The current mission statement of the RGA is as follows:

List of current Republican governors

Current Governor State Past Took office Current term
Kay Ivey Alabama List 2017 First Term
Doug Ducey Arizona List 2015 First Term
Asa Hutchinson Arkansas List 2015 First Term
Rick Scott Florida List 2011 Second Term (term-limited in 2018)
Nathan Deal Georgia List 2011 Second Term (term-limited in 2018)
Butch Otter Idaho List 2007 Third term (Not seeking reelection in 2018)
Bruce Rauner Illinois List 2015 First Term
Eric Holcomb Indiana List 2017 First term
Kim Reynolds Iowa List 2017 First Term
Jeff Colyer Kansas List 2018 First term
Matt Bevin Kentucky List 2015 First term
Charlie Baker Massachusetts List 2015 First term
Paul LePage Maine List 2011 Second term (term-limited in 2018)
Larry Hogan Maryland List 2015 First Term
Rick Snyder Michigan List 2011 Second Term (term limited in 2018)
Phil Bryant Mississippi List 2012 First term
Mike Parson Missouri List 2018 First term
Pete Ricketts Nebraska List 2015 First term
Brian Sandoval Nevada List 2011 Second term (term-limited in 2018)
Chris Sununu New Hampshire List 2017 First term
Susana Martinez New Mexico List 2011 Second term (term-limited in 2018)
Doug Burgum North Dakota List 2016 First term
John Kasich Ohio List 2011 Second term (term-limited in 2018)
Mary Fallin Oklahoma List 2011 Second term (term limited in 2018)
Henry McMaster South Carolina List 2017 First term
Dennis Daugaard South Dakota List 2011 Second term (term-limited in 2018)
Bill Haslam Tennessee List 2011 Second term (term-limited in 2018)
Greg Abbott Texas List 2015 First term
Gary Herbert Utah List 2009 Second term (elected to first full term in 2012)
Phil Scott Vermont List 2017 First term
Jim Justice West Virginia List 2017 First term
Scott Walker Wisconsin List 2011 Second Term
Matt Mead Wyoming List 2011 Second term (term-limited in 2018)

Two Governors of U.S. territories are also Republicans:

Governor Territory Prev Took office Seat Up
Eddie Baza Calvo Guam List 2011 2018 (term-limited)
Ralph Torres Northern Mariana Islands List 2015 (succeeded) 2018

List of RGA Chairs

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–present Bill Haslam Tennessee

Executive Directors

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–present Paul Bennecke

2018 Election Cycle

36 gubernatorial races are scheduled to occur during the 2018 election cycle. These elections will be held on November 6, 2018.[6]

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


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 Businessweek, 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, a major US health insurance firm.[7]

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.[8]


  1. "About the RGA". Archived from the original on 2007-07-27.
  2. Ebert, Joel (2017-11-16). "For second time, Gov. Bill Haslam elected to serve as RGA chief". Tennessean. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. Jon Thompson [@JonThompsonGOP] (2017-11-16). "GOP Governors have elected Tennessee's @BillHaslam to serve as RGA Chairman for 2018 & Nebraska's @GovRicketts to service as RGA Vice Chairman. @The_RGA" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  4. Staff, RGA (2017-11-16). "RGA Announces 2018 Leadership" (Press release). RGA. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. Haslam, Bill. "RGA". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  6. Haslam, Bill. "RGA". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  7. Jonathan D. Salant (August 16, 2010). "Republicans See Gains in Governors' Races as Funding Hits Peak". Business Week. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  8. "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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