Republican Governors Association
ChairDoug Ducey (AZ)
Pete Ricketts (NE)
Vice ChairKim Reynolds (IA)
Policy ChairBill Lee (TN)
Policy Vice ChairTate Reeves (MS)
Executive CommitteeGreg Abbott (TX)
Charlie Baker (MA)
Doug Burgum (ND)
Larry Hogan (MD)
Eric Holcomb (IN)
Henry McMaster (SC)
Kristi Noem (SD)
Founded1961; 61 years ago (1961)
Headquarters1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20006
Political positionCenter-right
Christian right
Social conservatism
AffiliatedRepublican Party
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Territorial governors
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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is a Washington, D.C.-based 527 organization founded in 1961,[1] consisting of U.S. state and territorial Republican governors. The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to one primary objective: electing and supporting Republican governors.[2]

The current RGA co-chairs are Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona, who assumed the office in December 2020, and Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, who joined him in 2022.[3] Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa serves as vice-chair.[4]

The RGA's Executive Committee for 2021 includes Governors Eric Holcomb of Indiana, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, and Greg Abbott of Texas. Additionally, Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee was elected Policy Chairman, and Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi was elected Policy Vice Chairman.[5]

Its Democratic counterpart is the Democratic Governors Association. The RGA is not directly affiliated with the non-partisan National Governors Association.

List of current Republican governors

All of the following states are members of the Republican Governors Association:

Current governor State Past Took office Current term
Kay Ivey Alabama Alabama List 2017 First term (elected to first full term in 2018)
Mike Dunleavy Alaska Alaska List 2018 First term
Doug Ducey Arizona Arizona List 2015 Second term (term-limited in 2022)
Asa Hutchinson Arkansas Arkansas List 2015 Second term (term-limited in 2022)
Ron DeSantis Florida Florida List 2019 First term
Brian Kemp Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia List 2019 First term
Brad Little Idaho Idaho List 2019 First term
Eric Holcomb Indiana Indiana List 2017 Second term (term-limited in 2024)
Kim Reynolds Iowa Iowa List 2017 First term (elected to first full term in 2018)
Charlie Baker Massachusetts Massachusetts List 2015 Second term
Larry Hogan Maryland Maryland List 2015 Second term (term-limited in 2022)
Tate Reeves Mississippi Mississippi List 2020 First term
Mike Parson Missouri Missouri List 2018 First term (elected to first full term in 2020)
Greg Gianforte Montana Montana List 2021 First term
Pete Ricketts Nebraska Nebraska List 2015 Second term (term-limited in 2022)
Chris Sununu New Hampshire New Hampshire List 2017 Third term
Doug Burgum North Dakota North Dakota List 2016 Second term
Mike DeWine Ohio Ohio List 2019 First term
Kevin Stitt Oklahoma Oklahoma List 2019 First term
Henry McMaster South Carolina South Carolina List 2017 First term (elected to first full term in 2018)
Kristi Noem South Dakota South Dakota List 2019 First term
Bill Lee Tennessee Tennessee List 2019 First term
Greg Abbott Texas Texas List 2015 Second term
Spencer Cox Utah Utah List 2021 First term
Phil Scott Vermont Vermont List 2017 Third term
Glenn Youngkin Virginia Virginia List 2022 First term (term-limited in 2025)
Jim Justice West Virginia West Virginia List 2017 Second term
Mark Gordon Wyoming Wyoming List 2019 First term

One governor of a U.S. territory is a member of the Republican Governors Association:

Current governor Territory Past Took office Current term
Ralph Torres Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands List 2015 First term (elected to first full term in 2018)

List of RGA chairs

Current and former RGA chairs.

Term Chair State
1963–1966 Robert Symlie Idaho Idaho
1966–1967 John Love Colorado Colorado
1967–1968 John Chafee Rhode Island Rhode Island
1968–1970 Ronald Reagan California California
1970–1971 Louie Nunn Kentucky Kentucky
1971–1972 William Milliken Michigan Michigan
1972–1973 Linwood Holton Virginia Virginia
1973–1974 Winfield Dunn Tennessee Tennessee
1974–1975 Kit Bond Missouri Missouri
1975–1976 Arch Moore West Virginia West Virginia
1976–1977 Robert Bennett Kansas Kansas
1977–1978 Robert Ray Iowa Iowa
1978–1979 Otis Bowen Indiana Indiana
1979–1980 Richard Snelling Vermont Vermont
1980–1981 John Dalton Virginia Virginia
1981–1982 Jim Thompson Illinois Illinois
1982–1983 Robert Orr Indiana Indiana
1983–1984 Vic Atiyeh Oregon Oregon
1984–1985 Dick Thornburgh Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
1985–1986 John Sununu New Hampshire New Hampshire
1986–1987 Tom Kean New Jersey New Jersey
1987–1988 Mike Castle Delaware Delaware
1988–1989 Mike Hayden Kansas Kansas
1989–1990 John Ashcroft Missouri Missouri
1990–1991 Carroll Campbell South Carolina South Carolina
1991–1992 Tommy Thompson Wisconsin Wisconsin
1992–1993 George Voinovich Ohio Ohio
1993–1994 Jock McKernan Maine Maine
1994–1995 Mike Leavitt Utah Utah
1995–1996 John Engler Michigan Michigan
1996–1997 Terry Branstad Iowa Iowa
1997–1998 David Beasley South Carolina South Carolina
1998–1999 Frank Keating Oklahoma Oklahoma
1999–2000 Ed Schafer North Dakota North Dakota
2000–2001 Jim Gilmore Virginia Virginia
2001 Tom Ridge Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
2001–2002 John Rowland Connecticut Connecticut
2002–2003 Bill Owens Colorado Colorado
2003–2004 Bob Taft Ohio Ohio
2004–2005 Kenny Guinn Nevada Nevada
2005–2006 Mitt Romney Massachusetts Massachusetts
2006–2007 Sonny Perdue Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
2007–2008 Rick Perry Texas Texas
2008–2009 Mark Sanford South Carolina South Carolina
2009–2010 Haley Barbour Mississippi Mississippi
2010–2011 Rick Perry Texas Texas
2011–2012 Bob McDonnell Virginia Virginia
2012–2013 Bobby Jindal Louisiana Louisiana
2013–2014 Chris Christie New Jersey New Jersey
2014–2015 Bill Haslam Tennessee Tennessee
2015–2016 Susana Martinez New Mexico New Mexico
2016–2017 Scott Walker Wisconsin Wisconsin
2017–2018 Bill Haslam Tennessee Tennessee
2018–2019 Pete Ricketts Nebraska Nebraska
2019–2020 Greg Abbott Texas Texas
2020–present Doug Ducey Arizona Arizona
2021–present Pete Ricketts Nebraska Nebraska

Executive directors

Term Director
1963–1964 Robert McCall
1966 Carl McMurray
1967–1969 Richard Fleming
1971–1975 Buehl Berentson
1976–1980 Ralph Griffith
1980–1981 Ronald Rietdorf
1981 John Stevens
1982–1985 Carol Whitney
1985–1991 Michele Davis
1991–1995 Chris Henick
1995–1996 Paul Hatch
1996 LeAnne Wilson
1997 Brian Kennedy
1997–2000 Clinton Key
2000–2001 Michael McSherry
2001 Duncan Campbell
2001–2002 Clinton Key
2002–2004 Edward Tobin
2004–2005 Mike Pieper
2005–2006 Phillip Musser
2006–2011 Nick Ayers
2011–2014 Phil Cox
2014–2018 Paul Bennecke
2019–present Dave Rexrode

Election cycles


36 gubernatorial races occurred during the 2018 election cycle. The elections were held on November 6, 2018, with Republicans losing a net of 7 governorships.[6]

In 2017, it sponsored a website The Free Telegraph to promote issues from the perspective of Republicans.[7]


In the 2020 election cycle, 11 states and two territories held elections for governors. The elections were held on November 3, 2020, with Republicans gaining a net of one governorship, Montana, for state elections.[8] This marked the first time Montana elected a Republican governor in 16 years.[9] Former Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, who was a member of the Republican Governors Association, lost reelection in Puerto Rico, meaning a net loss of one Republican governor for territorial elections.[10] As of 2021, this election meant that only one of five American territories have Republican governors.


In the 18 months ending June 30, 2010, the RGA raised $58 million, while its counterpart DGA raised $40 million. "Unlike the national political parties and federal candidates, the governors' associations can take in unlimited amounts from corporations," according to Bloomberg, which notes that the RGA recently received $1 million from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the parent corporation of Fox News, and $500,000 from WellPoint (now Anthem).[11]

In 2018, the Republican Governors Association announced that $63.2 million was raised in all of 2017, including $27.2 million raised in the final six months of the year, setting a new fundraising record that significantly eclipses the $52.5 million raised in 2013, the last comparable year.[12]


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