NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is joining the advisory board of a conservative political group that recruits and trains Republican political candidates.
The Blountville Republican announced this week that he will be part of the 2013 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board of GOPAC.
Ramsey became the first Republican Senate speaker since Reconstruction when he was elected to the position in 2007.
He says GOPAC was crucial to his early success in the Legislature. GOPAC was formed in 1978.
Note: Ramsey was founder of one of the first — and now the largest — political action committees in Tennessee, Republicans Achieving A Majority, or RAAMPAC. The Ramsey news release on GOPAC is available below.
News release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s office:
NASHVILLE – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R–Tennessee) today announced he will join the 2013 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board of GOPAC, an organization renowned for educating and electing the next generation of Republican leaders. His tenure on the board begins in January.
“It is a true honor to join GOPAC’s mission of cultivating conservative leaders in government,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “GOPAC was crucial to my early success in the legislature. I have spent the better part of two decades in Tennessee building a majority that understands the benefits of free enterprise and limited government. We need more people in the public sphere who recognize that government doesn’t create jobs, businesses and people do. I look forward to helping GOPAC identify and promote these kinds of leaders just as we have in Tennessee.”
Tennessee’s conservative leader, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is the first GOP Senate Speaker in Tennessee in 140 years and the first from Sullivan County in over 100 years. In the 2008 elections, Ramsey led Tennessee’s Republicans to a gain of three Senate seats and a solid five seat majority. Under Ramsey’s leadership in 2010, Republicans both increased their majority in the Senate and elected a Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1969.
In 2012, the Ramsey Senate achieved an unprecedented 26 to 7 supermajority, a feat unmatched by either party in modern Tennessee history. Ramsey, currently serving his third term as Speaker, became the longest-serving Republican Senate Speaker in Tennessee history in 2009.
GOPAC was formed in 1978 with the goal of building a Republican political infrastructure capable of winning and governing across America. It is a national organization dedicated to educating and electing the next generation of Republican leaders. GOPAC’s Legislative Leaders Advisory Board serves to promote the ideas and policies that Republicans at the state level are implementing to successfully create jobs, balance budgets and grow the economy.
For more information on GOPAC, visit the organization’s Web site at, www.gopac.org.