Governors Martinez, Sandoval & Fortuño Announce Expanded RSLC Future Majority Caucus Board
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, March 05 2014 @ 04:43 PM EST
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– Today the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced an expansion of the Future Majority Caucus (FMC) board to support RSLC’s efforts to recruit, train and support diverse candidates and elected officials running for office at the state level. The FMC board, co-chaired by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, advises the RSLC’s Future Majority Project to create a long-term, sustained commitment of significant contributions of time and resources to support and elect more women and candidates that better reflect America’s full diversity.
Board members announced today build upon current FMC Hispanic leaders to include state legislators representing other diverse ethnicities. Additionally, the governors noted that to date the Future Majority Project has identified 130 new diverse candidates in at least 32 states and have identified nearly 200 new female candidates in at least 35 states.
Former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, who serves on the RSLC Board of Directors and an advisor to the Future Majority Project, issued the following statement on today’s announcement:
“The Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project will build a deep and diverse bench of future leaders to bring common sense principles and smart governance to state capitals,” said Governor Fortuño. “We welcome the continued leadership of Governors Martinez and Sandoval and the newest members of the Future Majority Caucus to aid the RSLC in supporting candidates that better reflect the country’s make-up.”
“The Republican State Leadership Committee continues to lead the nation in identifying, recruiting and supporting women and a wide range of candidates representing the rich diversity of our nation,” said Governor Martinez. “I was recruited to run as a Republican because community leaders took the time to ask me and support me. I’m proud the RSLC has made it a top priority to ask women and candidates from every walk of life to run for public office.”
“We are proud to welcome the newest board members to the Future Majority Caucus. They have distinguished themselves in their communities through their leadership, vision and strong examples of service,” said Governor Sandoval. “These leaders will help the RSLC implement a long-term and sustained plan of engagement to grow a new generation of Republican leaders in our states where they will reduce the size and scope of government and help make the American Dream a reality for everyone.”
New board members of the Future Majority Caucus include:
Rep. Angie Chen Button, TX HD 112
Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, NM HD 4
Rep. Beth Fukumoto, HI HD 36
Rep. Shanti Gandhi, KS HD 52
Sen. Elbert Guillory, LA SD 24
Rep. Tony Hwang, CT HD 134
Rep. Janak Joshi, CO HD 16
Rep. Lauren Matsumoto, HI HD 45
Rep. Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff, CO HD 47
Rep. BJ Pak GA, HD 108
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, WI HD 21
Rep. Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, NJ HD 8
Rep. Libby Szabo, CO HD 27
Rep. James White, TX HD 19
Sen. Jackie Winters, OR SD 10
They join current members of the Future Majority Caucus including:
Rep. John Cabello, IL HD 68
Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, FL HD 116
Rep. Marilinda Garcia, NH HD 4
Sen. Art Linares, CT SD 33
Sen. Ernesto Lopez, DE SD 6
Rep. JM Lozano, TX HD 43
Rep. Jose Oliva, FL HD 110
Rep. Paul Pacheco, NM HD 23
Rep. Jason Villalba, TX HD 114
Rep. Monica Youngblood, NM HD 68
To learn more visit our website http://futuremajorityproject.com/
Fast Facts on the Future Majority Project and Future Majority Caucus
• In 2011, the RSLC launched the Future Majority Project – a forward-thinking outreach initiative intended to proactively grow the Republican family.
• Chaired by Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, FMP named goals in 2011 of identifying 100 new candidates of Hispanic descent. Successes last cycle include exceeding initial goals by identifying 125 candidates of Hispanic descent in 26 states and increasing the number of Hispanic Republicans.
• As part of FMP, RSLC also launched Right Women, Right Now (RWRN), which is a sustained effort to identify and support Republican women candidates at the state level. The goal for 2012 was to identify 150 new Republican women candidates with the goal of electing 75 to office. RWRN successes included exceeding goals by identifying 191 new candidates and electing 84 new Republican women to state-level office in 36 states.
• In February 2013, FMP announced the Future Majority Caucus – leadership of current elective officials comprised of the first class of last cycle’s FMP candidates – to work to expand the scope of recruitment by the RSLC to not only candidates of Hispanic descent, but other candidates reflecting the broad scope of ethnic diversity across the nation.
• For the 2013-2014 cycle, FMP will identify 200 new diverse candidates and 300 new women candidates through Right Women, Right Now with the goal of electing at least 75 diverse candidates and 150 women candidates.