Republican Legislative Campaign Committee
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 and growing 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. In the 2015-2016 cycle, Republicans retained an all-time high of 69 of 99 Republican and flipped an additional three chambers in Kentucky, Iowa and Minnesota, as well as bringing the Connecticut Senate to a tie. The RLCC provides financial support, leadership development and strategic assistance to state legislatures, ensuring that candidates are equipped with the necessary tools to run effective and efficient campaigns.
Linda Upmeyer | Iowa Speaker of the House
Speaker Linda Upmeyer was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002 and is serving her eighth term.
Linda was born on July 23, 1952, in Mason City. Her father, Del Stromer, was a farmer and a former Speaker of the Iowa House. Her mother, Harriet, is a homemaker and was longtime aide to Del. Linda has one brother, David, a farmer in Garner, and a sister, Pam, in Dublin, Ohio.
Upmeyer grew up in Garner on the family farm, graduating from Garner High School in 1970.
She attended North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the University of Iowa, receiving her BSN. She also received her Master’s in Nursing from Drake University (Summa Cum Laude). She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Jonathan Shell | Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader
Jonathan Shell has served in the House of Representatives since 2013. Jonathan was sworn-in January 3, 2017 to serve as the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in the history of the Commonwealth. He is the youngest member of the General Assembly.
Leader Shell represents the 71st District, which is comprised of Garrard, Rockcastle, and part of Madison counties. In addition to his duties as Majority Leader, Shell currently serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee. He is a member of the Legislative Research Commission as well.
Phil Berger | North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem
Phil Berger grew up in Danville, Virginia in a working class family that taught him the value of hard work. After school, Phil married his high school sweetheart, Pat, and worked in a local factory and then as a produce manager of a grocery store while raising two young kids and attending college. He became the first in his family to graduate, from what is now Averett University. Still raising a young family and working long hours to make ends meet, Phil attended law school at Wake Forest and graduated early. He practiced law briefly in Charlotte and Raleigh before settling in Eden, where he still lives with Pat and runs the Berger Law Firm. Phil and Pat have three kids – Phil Jr., Kevin and Ashley – and four grandkids.