“Over the past decade Republicans have dominated in state legislatures, flipping over 1,000 state legislative districts, and I’m proud to be able to help continue this success,” said Speaker Linda Upmeyer. “In an election environment that has invigorated female candidates and voters, I’m proud to serve as the first Chairwoman for the RLCC. With Republican majorities in 67 legislatures the RLCC will have a lot of territory to defend in 2018 but I’m confident with the right message and resources we can maintain and grow these majorities,” added Upmeyer.
Upmeyer, first elected to the legislature in 2002, became the first female speaker in Iowa history when she was elected to lead her legislative caucus in 2015. She currently presides over a Republican House caucus of 59 Republican representatives.
Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell and North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger will join Upmeyer as Co-Vice Chairs. In the 2016 election cycle, Leader Shell played an instrumental role in partnership with the RLCC to flip the Kentucky House to Republican control for the first time in nearly 100 years. As Minority Leader in the Senate ahead of the 2010 midterms, Berger oversaw a political operation that elected a Republican majority in the state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction, after which he was elected Senate President Pro Tem.
RSLC President Matt Walter added:
“As Vice-Chairwoman of the RLCC last year, Speaker Linda Upmeyer has an acute understanding of the political terrain facing Republican state legislators this year. Having passed a multitude of conservative reforms under her speakership, Speaker Upmeyer is the embodiment of the type of impact Republican legislative leaders can have in their communities. Under the leadership of Speaker Upmeyer, President Pro Tem Berger, and Majority Leader Shell, the RLCC will continue to remain the premier organization supporting Republican legislative leaders.”
The Executive Committee features state legislative leaders from 23 states. The complete RLCC Executive Committee is as follows:
Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer, Chairwoman
Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, Co-Vice Chairman
North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, Co-Vice Chairman
Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham
Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma
Florida Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller
Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers
Michigan Speaker Pro Tempore Lee Chatfield
Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt
Mississippi Speaker of the House Phil Gunn
Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson
Nevada Republican Senate Leader Michael Roberson
New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean
New Mexico Republican House Leader Nate Gentry
New York Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan
Oklahoma Senate Majority Whip Kim David
Oregon Senate Republican Leader Jackie Winters
Pennslyvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai
South Carolina State Representative Phyllis Henderson
Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus
Virginia Republican Senate Caucus Chairman Ryan McDougle
Virginia Speaker of the House Kirk Cox
Washington Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
About the RLCC
The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to electing more Republicans to state legislatures. The RLCC’s primary mission is gaining Republican control of more state legislative chambers by targeting national resources to support winnable local races. Since its formation in 2003, the RLCC has assisted in bringing successes to numerous legislative chambers, and winning historic majorities in states nationwide.