FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest Named Chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association for 2018
Arkansas’ Griffin to Serve as Vice-Chairman
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2018) — The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association announced today that North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest will serve as chairman for 2018.
First elected in 2012, Lt. Governor Forest is only the second Republican elected Lt. Governor in the state of North Carolina since 1897 and the first Republican ever to be re-elected to the position. In 2016, Forest easily defeated his Democratic opponent by over 300,000 votes, gaining more votes than both presidential and gubernatorial candidates.
Lt. Governor Dan Forest released the following statement upon the announcement:
“It’s a tremendous honor to be named chairman of the RLGA for this midterm cycle. My engagement with the RLGA has allowed me to interact with Republican Lt. Governors from around the country, and I’m excited to be able to continue to facilitate those relationships. With 31 Republican Lt. Governors currently in office, Republicans will have a lot of territory to defend in 2018, and I look forward to helping elect Republican Lt. Governors across the country this year.”
The RLGA also announced that Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin will serve alongside Lt. Governor Forest as Vice Chairman. First elected in 2014, Griffin previously served as U.S. Representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District from 2011 to 2015, including being a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Majority Whip. Griffin holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Griffin also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.
“I look forward to working with Dan to help elect common sense conservative lieutenant governors all across the country who know how to solve problems and get things done. Dan and I are excited about the opportunity to build upon the success the RLGA has already had electing candidates who are committed to the core principles of freedom, security, and prosperity for all Americans,” Lt. Governor Griffin stated.
“As the highest ranking statewide Republican in North Carolina, Lt. Governor Forest has consistently been an outspoken voice for responsible governance and leadership in the Tar Heel state. Lt. Governor Forest knows what it takes to win in a competitive environment, and with Lt. Governor Griffin at his side, their shared experience will be a tremendous asset to the RLGA in what is expected to be a challenging election year,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.
In 2016, the RLGA made its largest investment, nearly a million dollars, in its history at that time to a Political Action Committee supporting Lt. Governor Forest’s re-election campaign. Since 2016, six Republican Lt. Governors have ascended to become Governors of their respective states.
The 2018 Executive Committee will also include Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, serving as Annual Conference Chair; Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
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, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. After Election Night 2017, state-level Republicans maintain 67 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 31 lieutenant governor seats, and control 30 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.
About the RLGA
The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), a caucus of the RSLC, is the only national organization committed to raising money and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor. Across the nation, Republican lieutenant governors perform critical tasks overseeing small business recruitment, heading economic development, administering fair elections, maintaining homeland security and leading disaster recovery. Republicans currently hold 31 of the 45 lieutenant governor offices nationwide, including 14 of the 19 independently elected positions and 17 of the 25 team-elected/appointed seats.