On Wednesday, GOPAC announced the addition of Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and North Carolina State Representative Tom Murry to its 2013 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board. Upmeyer will be replacing Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen, who has stepped down from the board as he considers running for the U.S. House of Representatives, and Murry will be replacing North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, who has stepped down from the board to run for the U.S. Senate.
The Advisory Board is composed of state House and Senate leaders who provide guidance to GOPAC on key legislative and political developments in addition to addressing elected officials, candidates, and GOPAC supporters at GOPAC events. Members of the board are selected for their exceptional leadership and dedication to implementing conservative principles that control spending, create lasting private sector jobs, and deliver essential public services in innovative ways.
“There is no doubt that the leaders in our states are the guiding light for real reform in America,” said Frank Donatelli, Chairman of GOPAC. “We are honored and excited to have these two innovative state legislators on our Advisory Board, and we look forward to working hand in hand with all of our Board Members to advance the solutions that create jobs and improve the personal freedom of our citizens.”
“I am honored to join my many distinguished colleagues on GOPAC’s Legislative Leaders Advisory Board,” said Leader Upmeyer. “I first learned of GOPAC through my father when he served as Speaker of the House and have been a supporter of the organization’s mission ever since. States like Iowa truly are the test labs for the reforms needed to move our country forward, and I’m excited to share best practices and common goals with dedicated leaders from other states.”
Upmeyer was first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2002 and was elected to become Iowa’s first female House Majority Leader by her peers in 2010. She is also a cardiology nurse practitioner and serves as the Vice President on the Executive Board of the American Legislative Council.
The Upmeyer-for-Paulsen switch mirrors a similar move in North Carolina, where a state representative is replacing the speaker of the house on the GOPAC board as the speaker contemplates a U.S. Senate run.
The full Legislative Leaders Advisory Board can be viewed by clicking here.
Congratulations, Leader Upmeyer!