The Republican Governors Association elected a diverse new leadership team on Thursday for the 2011 cycle that includes rising stars in the party like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and South Carolina Gov-elect Nikki Haley (R).
The election took place at the RGA's annual meeting in San Diego.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who was already named as the RGA's next chairman, will be joined on the new executive committee by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who will serve as vice chairman. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will be the RGA's Gala Chairman, Haley will serve as recruitment chair, New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez (R) will be an at-large member of the committee, as will Christie.
"I look forward to leading the RGA and our new class of Republican governors as America looks to the states for solutions to our nation's most pressing challenges in light of a federal government that has lost touch with our nation's values and priorities," said RGA Chairman Rick Perry.
There are three gubernatorial contests in 2011 and the GOP holds two of them. In Louisiana, Jindal will be running for re-election and current RGA Chair Haley Barbour's (R) tenure as Mississippi governor will come to an end in 2011 and Barbour cannot run for re-election because of the state's term limits. The RGA will also target Kentucky for a pickup opportunity.
Barbour will remain on the executive committee as policy chairman, a new position at the RGA.