After finishing out Texas Gov. Rick Perry's term as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Bob McDonnell was elected to chair the organization for 2012 Wednesday at the group's quarterly meeting in Orlando.
McDonnell, who served as RGA vice-chairman, took over leadership in August after Perry stepped down to run for president.
The Virginia governor will lead the group of 29 Republican governors through the 2012 election cycle and touted their accomplishments in a statement sent out by his political staff.
"Unemployment is unacceptably high, too many of our citizens lack access to a good paying job and the American Dream, and for too long our leaders in Washington have over-promised, over-spent, and under-delivered," McDonnell said. "Republican governors across the country have been showing the way forward by balancing budgets by cutting spending, not raising taxes; reforming state governments to make them more efficient, effective and user-friendly to taxpayers; and focusing on private sector job creation to get our fellow citizens back to work and reignite the economic engine of America."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will serve as vice chairman of the RGA. Joining McDonnell and Christie on the groups executive board are Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will serve as the RGA policy chairman.
McDonnell said in his statement he looked forward to increasing the numbers of Republican governor's across the country come November 2012.
"Across the country these efforts are producing positive results, and I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next year to continue implementing good, fiscally responsible policy, and to working hard to build on the RGA's successes of 2009-2011 to add to the ranks of our 29 outstanding Republican governors," he said.