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Contact: Adam Temple
Andrew Wynne to Lead Judicial Fairness Initiative for 2017-18 Cycle
WASHINGTON D.C. (July 13, 2017) – Today, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced that Andrew Wynne is joining the committee to manage the expansion of RSLC’s Judicial Fairness Initiative (JFI).
“There are great needs and opportunities to continue to build out the RSLC’s Judicial Fairness Initiative in terms of scope and structure,” said RSLC President Matt Walter. “Since its launch in 2014, JFI has played a unique and successful role educating the public about state level judicial elections and the judicial process. We are at a natural junction to take the next developmental steps.”
“I am excited to join a program with such a strong foundation and look forward to growing the program by being active in additional states beyond JFI’s current footprint, exploring lower court seats as well as State Supreme Court races, and executing a comprehensive strategy to improve the environment for electing conservative, rule of law judges throughout the country,” said Wynne. “The nomination of now Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch reminded us all of the integral role courts play in our system of government. JFI plans to show that selecting and electing quality judges is just as important at the state level.”
Over its lifespan, JFI has successfully engaged with valuable partners to highlight the need for rule of law judges who apply a conservative judicial philosophy. JFI actively participated in electoral successes in Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin since 2014. According to the Brennan Center, a liberal group who tracks and influences judicial races, the RSLC is the largest outside spender in state-level judicial elections.
“After historic losses at the state level during the Obama era, liberal special interests have increasingly focused their attention on state and local courts to drive their agenda,” said Walter. “These developments require JFI to bolster its efforts. When lawsuits targeting public policy decisions ask judges to overturn the will of the peoples’ elected representatives, the composition of the court that hears the case matters. It is time to grow the JFI to build on its foundation and succeed in the current environment.”
Andrew Wynne joins the RSLC from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), where he served as Senior Director for State Legislative Affairs from 2013 to 2017. In his role, Wynne was involved in advancing the legal reform agenda in state capitals across the nation. Prior to ILR, Wynne was Chief Counsel to the New Jersey Assembly Republican Caucus. Originally from Moorestown, NJ, Wynne graduated from Rutgers College and Rutgers School of Law-Camden.
Through the Judicial Fairness Initiative, the RSLC is the only national political organization focused on the electoral process of judicial branches at the state level. Too often voters are starved of information about judicial candidates and forced to vote completely in the dark. To address this critically important need, JFI provides research, resource unification, citizen education and voter contact to support judicial candidates.
About the RSLC
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 more than 150,000 donors in all 50 states. During the 2013-2014 election cycle, the RSLC was active in all 50 states and picked up 10 new state legislative chambers, leading to an all-time historic high of 69 chambers controlled by Republicans. 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. The RSLC expanded its Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now initiatives, spending more than $18 million over the last three election cycles in direct support of new Republican candidates of diverse descent and women, leading to the election of nearly 100 Republicans of diverse descent, as well as 386 new women candidates. In the 2014 cycle, the RSLC also launched the Judicial Fairness Initiative and the new top-level domain for the Republican Party, ‘.gop.’ To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.