Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Announces 2019 Executive Committee

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North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger Will Serve as the Caucus Chairman

Speaker Lee Chatfield (MI) and Speaker Kirk Cox (VA) to Serve as Vice Chairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 26, 2019) — The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC), a caucus of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), announced that North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger will serve as the committee’s Chairman for the 2019 election cycle.

“The continued success of the RLCC is imperative on the eve of the redistricting battle that lies ahead after the 2020 election cycle,” said Senator Phil Berger. “The investment of time and resources by the RLCC and the RSLC have taken Republicans to all-time highs in the past decade, while also electing hundreds of first time female and minority candidates to serve in state legislatures. I am committed to defending and adding to that success,” added Berger. 

Senator Berger was first elected to the North Carolina Senate in 2000. He became minority leader in 2004, and in 2010, he was selected by the Republican caucus to be Senate President Pro Tempore. Senator Berger became the first in his family to graduate, from what is now Averett University. Berger 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 his wife, Pat, and runs the Berger Law Firm.

The RLCC also announced today that joining Senator Berger as Vice Chairmen for 2019 are Speaker Lee Chatfield of Michigan and Speaker Kirk Cox of Virginia.

“As a former RLCC Chair and experienced leader of the North Carolina Senate, Phil Berger has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Republican state legislators this cycle, a cycle that is underway this year in Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Mississippi,” RSLC President Matt Walter stated. “Senator Berger’s longstanding partnership with RSLC, coupled with the addition of Speaker Chatfield and Speaker Cox as RLCC Vice Chairs, creates a great leadership team for the RSLC’s largest caucus,” Walter concluded. 

The Executive Committee features state legislative leaders from 19 states. The complete RLCC Executive Committee is as follows:

  • RLCC 2019 Leadership Team
    • North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger — 2019 RLCC Chairman
    • Michigan Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield — 2019 RLCC Co-Vice Chairman
    • Virginia Speaker of the House Kirk Cox — 2019 RLCC Co-Vice Chairman
  • RLCC 2019 Executive Committee
    • Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel
    • Alaska House Republican Leader Lance Pruitt
    • Florida Senate President Bill Galvano
    • Florida Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto
    • Florida House Judiciary Committee Chairman Paul Renner
    • Florida House Rules Committee Chairman Chris Sprowls
    • Georgia House Majority Whip Trey Kelley
    • Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver
    • Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer
    • Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke
    • Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin
    • Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma
    • Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers
    • Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt
    • Maryland House Republican Leader Nic Kipke
    • Minnesota House Republican Leader Kurt Daudt
    • Missouri Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr
    • Mississippi Speaker of the House Phil Gunn
    • North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore
    • Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai 
    • Virginia Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan McDougle
    • Washington House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox
    • Washington Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler
    • Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

About the RLCC

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 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, presently controlling 61 of 99 state legislative chambers following the 2018 election cycle. 

About 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. State-level Republicans maintain 61 of 99 legislative chamber majorities across the country, hold 25 lieutenant governor seats, and control 29 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit or follow @RSLC on Twitter.