Upmeyer, Murry Join GOPAC Legislative Leaders Advisory Board


Today, 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.”

“As a 2012 GOPAC Emerging Leader, I saw firsthand the positive influence GOPAC has on ensuring proven and effective conservative policies are implemented across the nation by fostering young leaders and encouraging an exchange of ideas across state lines,” said Representative Murry. “I’m excited for yet another opportunity to serve the organization and the country by joining my colleagues in promoting conservative ideas that will lead to ever higher levels of prosperity.”

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.

Murry is serving his second term in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In the 2011-2012 biennium, he was ranked as the most effective freshman legislator by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. He is the only pharmacist in the North Carolina General Assembly and practices pharmacy in different communities across Wake County.

The full Legislative Leaders Advisory Board can be viewed at http://www.gopac.org/people/