This Week in RSLC News: 7th Republican Lt. Governor to Become Governor since 2016, Biggest Tax Cut in Iowa State History, and more

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When Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Parson takes the gubernatorial oath on Friday afternoon he will become the 7th Republican Lt. Governor since 2016 to become Governor, again highlighting the importance of building up the Republican bench in down-ballot races. Parson, whom the RLSC significantly supported in his 2016 campaign for Lt. Governor, previously spent over a decade in the Missouri legislature.


On Wednesday Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law the biggest tax cut in state history. Reynolds, a former Lt. Governor, praised House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver for their joint work together to help pass the legislation saying, “They stayed at the table. We walked through it. We talked about areas where we had common ground and everybody had to give a little bit and everybody did.”

Last Friday Minnesota state Senator Michelle Fischbach officially took the oath of office for Lt. Governor and resigned her state Senate seat leaving the chamber in a 33-33 tie. Fischbach had been serving as acting Lt. Governor since Tina Smith was appointed by Governor Dayton to the open Senate seat. Fischbach had faced constitutional questions of her ability to serve as Lt. Governor and state Senator at the same time. A special election was declared for her Senate seat to be held in November. Additionally, on Thursday Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Pawlenty named Fischbach as his running mate describing her as “a leading policymaker from Greater Minnesota who knows how to lead, solve problems and get things done for Minnesota.”

Vermont House Republican Leader Don Turner declared his candidacy for lieutenant governor on Wednesday. Turner’s platform, according to the Milton Independent, “includes a focus on education outcomes, fiscal responsibility and supporting volunteers for fire and rescue service.” Turner, who has served as the Republican House Leader for the past seven years, said he will remain dedicated to helping and supporting Republican House candidates this cycle while on the campaign trail.

Minnesota House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin said Wednesday she would not seek re-election and instead resign her House seat for a job with the Minnesota Rural Electric Association. Peppin has served in the Minnesota House for 12 years and has been the Majority Leader for the House since it flipped to Republican control in 2014. Following her announcement, House Speaker Kurt Daudt praised Peppin for “her work to rein in wasteful government spending and most recently, her groundbreaking effort to address sexual harassment in the workplace.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson, a member of the court since 1976, announced she would not seek re-election to the court next spring. Abrahamson, described by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as “a leader in liberal legal thought”, had served as the Chief Justice of the court from 1996 until 2015 when voters approved a state constitutional amendment to allow the members of the court to pick the chief justice. The election to replace her will determine if conservatives hold their 4-3 majority or widen it to a 5-2 majority.