GOPAC Announces 2015 Advisory Board
By Emily Cahn

GOPAC, an organization that grooms Republican state lawmakers to run for higher office, will announce its 2015 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board Monday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The board pinpoints promising state legislators for GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders Program, which seeks to foster a bench of talent to eventually run for federal and statewide elected office. Previous members of the Emerging Leaders Program include now-Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado. Both Republicans won targeted Senate races in 2014.

“The members of our 2015 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board will have an important role in educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders,” said GOPAC Chairman David Avella, who was promoted to that role following the November midterms.

At least a few of the members on the board in 2015 could be future House or Senate candidates. For example, Republicans have mentioned state Sen. Bryce Reeves as a possible Senate candidate in Virginia in 2018. Republicans also say another board member, state Rep. Melissa Melendez, could look at California’s newly open Senate seat in 2016.

The full list of 2015 board members is below:
State Senate Members

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey
West Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Cole
Georgia state Sen. David Shafer
Ohio state Sen. Keith Faber
Indiana state Sen. Brandt Hershman
Kentucky state Sen. Damon Thayer
Maine state Sen. Garrett Mason
Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves
Utah state Sen. Deidre Henderson
Wisconsin state Sen. Chair Leah Vukmir
New Hampshire state Sen. Andy Sanborn
Texas state Sen. Charles Schwertner
New York state Sen. Catharine Young
Oklahoma state Sen. David Holt

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