FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Republican Lieutenant Governors Association Selects Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin to Serve as Chairman
Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg to Serve as Vice Chair
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15th, 2019) — The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA) announced Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin will serve as the 2019 Chairman of the national organization.
“It is my honor to serve as the 2019 Chairman for the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. The RLGA was instrumental to my campaign from the moment I announced my intention to serve as lieutenant governor, and I am excited about the opportunity to support the next generation of Republican leaders all across the country. Lieutenant governors serve in a variety of ways in their respective states, and we must continue to ensure that conservative leaders who are committed to defending our freedom and growing jobs and opportunity are elected,” said Lt. Governor Griffin, who previously served as the RLGA’s Vice Chairman in 2018.
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 is serving in his 23rd year as an Army Reserve officer, was recently selected for promotion from lieutenant colonel to colonel 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.
The committee also announced that Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg will serve as the Vice Chairman of the organization alongside Lt. Governor Griffin. Gregg was appointed to the lieutenant governor’s office in 2017 by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds after she vacated the lieutenant governor’s office to become governor. They were both elected to a full 4-year term in November of 2018.
“Lieutenant governors play an important role in driving the message of gubernatorial administrations and must always be prepared to step in if the governor is unable to perform the duties of his or her state. The RLGA has a strong track record of supporting the future of the Republican Party as eight lieutenant governors have become governor since 2016. I have been active in the organization since my appointment in 2017 and look forward to working closely with Lt. Governor Griffin in 2019,” Gregg stated.
“Lt. Governor Griffin has served admirably in our military, in our nation’s capital, and worked hard on behalf of the people of Arkansas and will be a tremendous leader for the RLGA in 2019. He served the RLGA and RSLC with dedication and determination in 2018 and we couldn’t be more pleased he has accepted the challenge to lead the RLGA. Along with Lt. Governor Gregg’s leadership, the RLGA will continue its long track record of electoral success,” Republican State Leadership Committee President Matt Walter added.
The past midterm election cycle was a major transition cycle for Republican lieutenant governors as first-time lieutenant governors were elected in nine states. In 2019, three states will hold elections for lieutenant governor: Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA) is the only national organization committed to raising money and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor. Across the nation, Republican lieutenant governors serve as a state’s second-in-command and perform critical tasks overseeing small business recruitment, heading economic development, administering fair elections, maintaining homeland security and leading disaster recovery. Republicans currently hold 25 of the 45 lieutenant governor offices nationwide, including 12 of the 20 independently elected positions and 13 of the 25 team-elected/appointed seats.
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. State-level Republicans maintain 62 of 99 legislative chamber majorities across the country, hold 25 lieutenant governor seats, and control 28 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.