The Republican Governors Association announced on Monday that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will replace Texas Governor Rick Perry as chairman of the organization.
McDonnell has been serving as vice-chair of the RGA. News that he will succeed Perry comes as no surprise and comes on the heels of the Lone Star State governor announcing that he will run for president in the next election cycle.
The RGA issued the following release addressing the shift in leadership:
The Republican Governors Association announced today that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will serve as RGA Chairman following Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to enter the race for president. McDonnell had been serving as Vice Chairman of the RGA.
“It is a tremendous honor to lead the RGA,” McDonnell said. “Thanks to the strong leadership of Governor Perry and the nation’s twenty-nine Republican governors, the RGA is in position to have an unprecedented impact this election cycle.”
“I look forward to working with my fellow Republican governors to expand our majority and ensure the RGA remains the most effective political committee in the nation,” McDonnell added. “Republican governors are leading the way in helping the private sector create new jobs, reforming government and getting our economy back on track.”