Republican State Leadership Committee

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down ticket races. The RSLC has nearly 200,000 donors in all 50 states. The RSLC invested a record $40 million into state-level races in the 2015-2016 election cycle, which ended with state-level Republicans in their strongest position in nearly 100 years. In 2016, state-level Republicans maintained a record 69 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, held 31 lieutenant governor seats, and grew to 31 secretaries of state. Over the last three election cycles, the RSLC expanded its Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now initiatives, spending more than $18 million to elect 98 new Republicans of diverse descent, as well as 386 new women candidates. Since its founding in 2014, the RSLC’s Judicial Fairness Initiative has successfully supported conservative justices in Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Arkansas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The RSLC also launched the new top-level domain for the Republican Party, ‘.gop.’


Bill McCollum | RSLC Chairman

Bill McCollum served as Attorney General of Florida from 2007 to 2011, where he addressed issues ranging from a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act to consumer protection, mortgage and Medicaid fraud, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As a member of the Florida Cabinet, Bill was one of four statewide elected officials who shared executive power over the state pension fund, the Financial Services Commission, the Division of Bond Finance and the Department of Revenue.

Bill also served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 8th district, from 1981 to 2001, where he served on the Judiciary, Banking and Financial Services, and Intelligence committees. During his Congressional service, Bill held a number of leadership positions, including chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime; chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence; vice chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Committee; ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing the Federal Reserve; and vice chairman of the House Republican Conference for three terms. He was one of the 15 members selected to serve on the House Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair.

  • Bill McCollum

    Chairman of the Board
    Former U.S. Congressman
    & Attorney General of Florida

  • Christopher Rants

    Vice-Chairman of the Board
    Former Speaker

  • Charlie Black

    Chairman of the
    Prime Policy Group

  • Luis Fortuño

    Former Governor
    Puerto Rico

  • Jodi Rell

    Former Governor  & Lt. Governor

  • Christine Toretti

    Women Lead PAC Founder
    RNC National Committeewoman for Pennsylvania


Matt Walter

Matt Walter

RSLC President

Matthew Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), oversaw the successful 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 election cycles that culminated in Republicans capturing an all-time Party record of 69 of 99 state legislative chamber majorities, 31 lieutenant governor and 31 secretary of state seats, and electing 386 new women and 98 new diverse candidates since the launch of the the Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiatives. Joining the RSLC in 2011, he has also served as RSLC Managing Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Political Director, and launched the RSLC’s Future Majority Project, Right Women, Right Now, and Crossroads Generation initiatives.

Before the RSLC, Matthew served the New York State Republican Party in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Strategic Planning and Communications Director. He spent 11 years working in the Communications Department at the New York State Senate Majority, and since 1988 has served dozens of campaigns in all major capacities from volunteer to campaign manager for statewide office.