On Tuesday, the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC), part of the GOP’s efforts to win state legislative races, unveiled its leadership team for the next election cycle--and some prominent Florida Republicans will be part of it.
The RLCC, a caucus of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), is turning to North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger to chair its efforts in 2019.
“The continued success of the RLCC is imperative on the eve of the redistricting battle that lies ahead after the 2020 election cycle,” Berger said on Tuesday. “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.
Berger will be helped by state House Speaker Lee Chatfield of Michigan and state House Speaker Kirk Cox of Virginia who will be his vice chairmen.
“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 said. "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.”
Four Republicans from Florida will serve on the RLCC’s executive committee for the 2019 election cycle: state Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton; state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft. Myers; state Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast; and state Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor.
Sprowls, currently the chairman of the House Rules Committee, is expected to take over as House speaker after the 2020 elections. Renner, currently the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is expected to take over as speaker after the 2022 elections.
Another prominent Florida Republican is also helping out the Ag America caucus to help the GOP win and retain elected agriculture commissioner positions in the 12 states that have them. Last week, the RSLC named Ag America as one of its major caucuses.
“Ag America joining the Republican State Leadership Committee represents an increased recognition of the important role agriculture commissioners and other agriculture state level officials occupy in ensuring the growth of American agribusiness," said former Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Friday. “During my tenure as Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Ag America helped expose me to the ever-expanding industries that are revolutionizing America’s agriculture economy.
“I look forward to continuing my engagement with the organization and am excited for the growing opportunities to expand Ag America efforts to elect free market conservatives to this office throughout the country,” Putnam added.