Future Majority Project
The Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Future Majority Project (FMP) seeks to identify, recruit, train and support candidates who better reflect the full diversity of our nation. Launched in 2011, FMP supports men and women from diverse communities as they run to grow the economy, support job creators and focus on ways to keep more money in the pockets of working families. The efforts are helping to build a strong bench of current and future Republican leaders.
- In a historic year for women, minority, and gay candidates, the RSLC documented over 200 diverse and over 1,000 women run for state-level office on the Republican ticket in 2018. While the RSLC supported hundreds of great Republican candidates across the country, we chose to feature 90 of these outstanding individuals in five rounds of our “18 in ‘18” Races to Watch lists.
- Of these 90 candidates featured 33 were successful elected or re-elected on Election Day including Arizona Representative Walt Blackman, the first African-American elected to the Arizona legislature; West Virginia Delegate Caleb Hanna, an 18-year-old African American candidate who is now one of the youngest state legislators in the country; and Oklahoma Representative Daniel Pae, who is the first Korean-American elected to the state’s legislature.
- The RSLC invested over $8 million to help Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now candidates gain or maintain their seats. In total, over 160 new Republican women won their seats in 45 states and 65 chambers, and at least 20 new diverse candidates won their seats in 12 states and 14 chambers.
- For the 2015-2016 cycle, FMP invested $7 million – in partnership with the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now initiative – to identify, recruit and support 200 new, state-level diverse candidates in 36 states. Through these efforts, FMP and RWRN saw 23 new candidates of diverse ethnicity elected, as well as 163 new women. FMP also saw 17 diverse elected officials enter leadership.
- In 2015-2016, FMP supported notable candidates such as Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, the first African American elected statewide in Kentucky; Shane Aguirre (HD-17), the first Latino elected to the Mississippi state House; Jason Miyares (HD-82), the first Cuban American to serve as a Virginia Delegate; and Affie Ellis, the first Native American woman elected to the Wyoming legislature.
- Building upon FMP’s 2012 successes – in which the RSLC invested $5 million and focused on candidates of Hispanic descent and increasing targeted outreach to younger voters – the RSLC became bigger, broader and bolder in extending the reach of FMP for the 2013-2014 cycle. Since 2013, FMP has incorporated a 50-state strategy and focused on recruiting candidates of all diverse backgrounds to run for state-level offices nationwide to ensure there would be a significant increase in Republican diverse elected officials at the state level.
- Since FMP’s founding, RSLC staff has visited over 35 states for in-person recruitment meetings, candidate trainings and events primarily in the Desert Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Midwest/Great Lakes regions.
- In partnership with the RSLC’s RLCC, RLGA and RSSC caucuses, FMP has hosted nine small business roundtables with women and minority business leaders in California, Washington, Iowa, Indiana and Pennsylvania.