RSSC Board Member Named to POLITICO 50 List, WI State Senator Announces Bid for US Senate, and more

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There are more diverse Republican candidates running for office in 2017 than there were in 2015. The RSLC’s Future Majority Project has continued to strive to recruit and train diverse candidates who better reflect the full diversity of the United States.


Former staffers of President Obama’s campaign team have formed a new super PAC that will exclusively focus on state legislative races ahead of the next round of redistricting. According to Politicothe group is aiming to raise as much as $100 million dollars over the next four years and has been working in coordination with Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The group intends to spend $1 million on this fall’s legislative races in Virginia as a test run for their larger strategy.”

Ileana Schirmer, the Republican candidate for New Jersey’s 14th Senate district, received the endorsement of a local teachers union this week. “Elected leaders and committee chairpersons of the HTEA agree Ileana Schirmer is the best person to represent Hamilton teachers and school employees,” the President of the Hamilton Township Education Association said in a statement. The RSLC has contributed the maximum amount to Schirmer’s campaign and she has previously been endorsed by Senator Marco Rubio.

Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin. In her introduction video, Vukmir cast herself as a “consistent conservative” who stood alongside Governor Scott Walker during the 2011 protests over his collective bargaining reforms.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was named to the POLITICO 50 which the news outlet bills as the “guide to the thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.” Kobach, a board member of the RSSC, in the piece is described as “the polish and pedigree” of the grassroots movement that elected President Trump.

Nevada Senate Republican Leader Michael Roberson received the endorsement of Attorney General Adam Laxalt for Roberson’s bid for Lieutenant Governor. In a statement, Laxalt praised Roberson for “helping address some of our biggest challenges in Nevada.” Laxalt has been rumored to be considering a bid for the governor’s office in 2018.

In judicial news, President Trump nominated Elizabeth Branch to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Branch currently serves on the Georgia Court of Appeals which she was appointed to by Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal. If she is ultimately confirmed, her vacancy will be filled by the Governor who will select a candidate from a recommendation made by the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission.