Press Release from the Office of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, Feb. 21, 2014:
NASHVILLE – Today the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), on behalf of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), announced Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) as a member of the 2014 RLGA Executive Committee.
“During my time as lieutenant governor in Tennessee, we have reformed education, increased economic growth and cut taxes,” stated Lt. Governor Ramsey. “I look forward to working with the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association to elect more people to the office of lieutenant governor around the country who share my commitment to increasing educational opportunity, limiting government and cutting taxes.”
“Lt. Governor Ramsey is an outstanding leader for the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association and we thank them for their commitment and service as a member of the 2014 RLGA Executive Committee,” said RSLC President Matt Walter. “Lt. Governor Ramsey will aid the RLGA in maintaining and expanding our majority and help us support our 28 Lieutenant Governors who serve in critical roles, working with their governors and legislatures to balance budgets, increase job opportunities and support economic growth.”
Tennessee’s conservative leader, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is the first GOP Senate Speaker in Tennessee in 140 years and the first from Sullivan County in over 100 years. In the 2008 elections, Ramsey led Tennessee’s Republicans to a gain of three Senate seats and a solid five seat majority. Under Ramsey’s leadership in 2010, Republicans both increased their majority in the Senate and elected a Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1969.
In 2012, the Ramsey Senate achieved an unprecedented 26 to 7 supermajority, a feat unmatched by either party in modern Tennessee history. Ramsey, currently serving his fourth term as Speaker, became the longest-serving Republican Senate Speaker in Tennessee history in 2009.
The RLGA is the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republican lieutenant governors. The year kicked off with a 600 percent growth in support for the RLGA compared with 2013. The RLGA provides lieutenant governors and candidates with financial support and assists in message development. More than any other statewide office, lieutenant governors ascend to serve as Governors. The RLGA currently claims 28 of the 45 Lieutenant Governor offices nationwide. Republicans currently hold 13 of the 19 independently-elected positions and 15 of the 26 team-elected/appointed seats.