Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill to serve as chair
WASHINGTON – The Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC), a caucus of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), announced today its leadership team for the 2020 election cycle. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill will serve as chair and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose as vice chair.
“Secretaries of state are charged with one of the most important responsibilities in our democratic republic: protecting the American elections process,” said Alabama Secretary John Merrill. “Our chief objective is to protect the integrity of our voters’ choices and the foundation of our great states. We must do all that we can to fairly elect secretaries that best serve the people they represent – that’s why I am committed to making sure Republicans are equipped to win across the country. It is an honor to lead the RSSC in this all-important election cycle, and I look forward to a successful year.”
modernizing voter registration to cracking down on voter fraud, our secretaries
of state are leading the way across the country,” said Ohio Secretary Frank LaRose. “Republican
secretaries of state are committed to fair, accurate, and secure elections that
are open and inclusive of every eligible American citizen. I am grateful for
the opportunity to fight alongside the RSSC to help elect strong leaders to
this distinguished office.”
“Our Republican secretaries of state are second to none,” said RSLC President Austin Chambers. “Secretaries Merrill and LaRose are brilliant leaders who will play a key role in getting Republicans elected to secretary of state offices in every corner of the country. We are thankful for their willingness to lead and know they will have an enormous positive impact on this year’s elections.”
“If Republicans don’t win in the states, the future of our Party will be compromised for the next 10 years,” said RSLC Chairman Bill McCollum. “That’s why we are fully committed to winning and protecting our secretaries of state. We have the right team in place to ensure success, and I am proud to work alongside Secretaries Merrill and LaRose to bring home big wins this cycle.”
John Merrill was elected in 2014 as Alabama’s Secretary of State with 65 percent of the vote, and he was re-elected in 2018 with the second highest number of votes of any candidate for any office in the history of Alabama. Previously, John served the people of Tuscaloosa County as a member of the Alabama Legislature and held several meaningful leadership positions during his tenure as a state representative. As Alabama’s 53rd Secretary of State, his office has broken every record in Alabama for voter registration and voter participation, with more than 1.4 million newly registered voters during his term. He has repeatedly testified before Congress about Alabama’s efforts in elections, and he has represented Alabama internationally in Canada, China, Germany, Israel, Russia, and Taiwan. He consistently appears on state and national news programs and is very active as a leader at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. John and his wife, Cindy, have two adult children, Brooks and Allie Grace. He is also the co-author of Alabama: The Bicentennial, a book on the state and some of its notable people throughout history.
Frank LaRose took office as Ohio’s 51st Secretary of State on January 14th, 2019. As Ohio’s Secretary of State, LaRose is doing his part to deliver a thriving democracy and a prosperous economy. In his role as Ohio’s chief elections officer, he’s working to ensure Ohio’s elections are secure, accurate and accessible. He is also supporting Ohio entrepreneurs as the sole authority to receive and approve articles of incorporation for Ohio businesses. He served two terms in the State Senate representing the 27th Senate District in northeast Ohio. In the legislature, LaRose spearheaded efforts to increase government transparency and efficiency, particularly in the areas of elections administration and regulatory reform. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Hudson with their three daughters.