The Washington Times - November 30, 2011, 04:31PM

It wasn’t exactly a nail-biter, but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was officially elected to continue serving as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association Wednesday at the group’s conference in Orlando.

“Thanks to the support of all 29 Republican governors, the RGA laid a strong foundation to expand our majority in 2012,” Mr. McDonnell said. “In 2011, the RGA won historic victories in Louisiana and Mississippi, and we are raising record sums. Next year, Democrats must defend 8 of 11 states scheduled to hold governors’ races, and the RGA is in position to make a major impact in battleground states as well as in states that will be holding both a governor’s and U.S. Senate race.”


Mr. McDonnell assumed the role in August after Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he was running for president. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will remain Vice Chairman.

Other members of the RGA Executive Committee include Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Phil Cox, Mr. McDonnell’s top political adviser, serves as Executive Director of the group.