Washington, D.C. (September 4, 2014) – Today RSLC’s partner Maverick PAC announced the “Future 40,” honoring individuals who are paving the way for future generations in business and politics. Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, New Jersey Representative Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, Hawaii House Floor Leader Beth Fukumoto, Former Oklahoma Speaker T.W. Shannon and Future Majority Project Director Neri Martinez are among the list of winners. The honorees will be recognized at the annual Maverick PAC conference later this month. RSLC President Matt Walter issued the following statement:
“The RSLC is proud to grow the next generation of diverse, exceptional Republican leaders and we applaud the selection of Lt. Governor Kleefisch, Rep. Rodriguez-Gregg, Rep. Fukumoto, Speaker Shannon and Neri Martinez as MavPAC “Future 40” honorees,” said Walter.
“We have outstanding elected officials supporting the work of the RSLC that are clearly catching the attention of national groups. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch is reforming government in Wisconsin and co-chairs our “Right Women, Right Now” initiative, which featured Rep. Rodriguez-Gregg as one of the top candidates to watch in New Jersey in 2013. Rep. Beth Fukumoto is a strong conservative leader in the Hawaii House and serves as a member of the RSLC Future Majority Caucus Board. T.W. Shannon is the youngest and first African-American Speaker of the House in Oklahoma history and a proud former member of the RLCC Executive Committee. I am proud to see these state-level leaders, as well as other elected officials and staffers from all across the country, recognized for their outstanding leadership.
Walter continued, “We are also very proud of the RSLC’s very own Neri Martinez for her nomination to the “Future 40.” Her work with the Future Majority Project is changing the face of the Republican Party, recruiting a record-breaking 558 female and 244 diverse candidates to run for office this year. We congratulate her and all the leaders on MavPAC’s honor today.”
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the office of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state legislator and the judiciary. The RSLC has more than 100,000 donors in all 50 states. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, the RSLC invested in 42 states, breaking previous fundraising and political spending records, set in 2009-2010, with an increase in fundraising by 28 percent to $39 million and an increase in direct political spending by 35 percent to $27 million. This cycle’s effort picked up six new legislative chambers, saw a net gain in over 30 chambers, created or expanded 16 Republican supermajorities and picked up two new attorneys general. Additionally, the RSLC successfully launched the Future Majority Project, spending more than $5 million in direct support of Republican candidates of Hispanic descent and women, and investing to expand digital outreach efforts to millennial voters. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.RSLC.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.