Haslam named RGA chairman (the news release)

News release from Republican Governors Association:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association announced today that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was elected to serve as RGA Chairman in 2015, along with New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, who was elected to serve as RGA Vice Chairman. Both assume the positions today.

“Governor Haslam is a strong leader among leaders, and his chairmanship will serve the RGA well as it works to build upon a historic election year and strengthen our majority in the states,” said outgoing RGA Chairman Chris Christie. “He emerged as a true pioneer when he took office, and his commanding victory this past election shows that his reform-driven approach is working for Tennessee. Governor Haslam is doing what governors are elected to do, he has the results to prove it. His guidance will be a tremendous asset to this organization in the coming year.”

“The results Governor Martinez has achieved provide a solid foundation for New Mexico’s future, and I know she will have the same record of results as Vice Chairman of the RGA,” Governor Christie added. “She is fighting every day to make the tough decisions and move her state forward, and I have no doubt her leadership at the RGA will be vital to the success of our new governors-elect and candidates in 2015.”

“Republican governors are the standard bearers of truly meaningful reform, and from coast to coast, we’ve proven to be principled problem solvers, willing and ready to do what Washington has not,” said Governor Haslam. “No one is achieving better results than our Republican executives in the states, and thanks to the RGA’s hard work, they can continue to drive America’s comeback. This election was a resounding affirmation of the policies and the leadership Republican governors are providing, and I am honored and eager to build upon that momentum as I take on the chairmanship.”

“The RGA is the most impactful political organization in the country, and I’m honored to serve as the group’s Vice Chairman as we enter 2015 with 31 Republican governors, the most for either Party in 16 years,” said Governor Martinez. “Republican governors offer the ideas and solutions that are moving America forward, and I’m enthusiastic to work with Governor Haslam to continue the RGA’s proud record of success.” ‘