The GOPAC Newsletter: December 2012

This December, we at GOPAC extend our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

Thank you for your hard work and support throughout this exciting and challenging year. With your help, we earned the majority in five state chambers and now have control of both the Senate and House in 27 states across the country, allowing us to lead the country in creating real reform.

Beginning in January, GOP-led states will be at the forefront of many important issues affecting not only our states, but the entire country: challenging the Affordable Care Act, job creation, balancing budgets, increasing energy development, education reform for our students, and much more. We look forward to working with you next year in supporting our Republican leaders as they advance a conservative agenda to accomplish these goals.

In the meantime, thank you again, and we hope you enjoy this holiday season!

Michigan Passes “Right-to-Work” Law

On Tuesday December 11, the Michigan State Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder took a bold step in protecting workers’ rights and boosting Michigan’s economy by passing a law that bans mandatory union membership as a condition of employment for public and private workers. The law makes Michigan the 24th “right-to-work” state in the country.

GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli shared the following statement applauding Michigan’s commitment to creating a competitive work environment in the state:

Yesterday’s passage of right-to-work legislation put Michigan one tremendous step closer to attracting jobs and boosting the economy in the state.

It has been clear for some time that states with compulsory unionism are losing jobs to right-to-work states. When Indiana became right-to-work, the job situation in Michigan became more tenuous. This bill is necessary to make Michigan competitive and attract companies that will provide more jobs for its citizens.

Just as important, the freedom to join or not join any organization is at the core of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of association. Outside of compulsory unionism, there is no other example on this scale in America of anyone being required to affiliate with a private organization. Far from being an assault on workers’ rights, as opponents would have us believe, this legislation instead guarantees those rights.

Congratulations to the Republican leaders in the Michigan Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder who proved they are serious about enacting bold reforms for their citizens that strengthen the economy and the freedom to choose.

Washington State Senate Flips to Republican Majority

Following Election Day, Washington Democrats held a 26-23 majority in the State Senate. All of that changed last week, however, when two Democratic Senators decided to caucus with Republican legislators as part of a new Majority Coalition Caucus, creating a de facto 25-24 Republican majority in the chamber.

Democratic State Senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon will join twenty-three Republican legislators as part of the Majority Coalition Caucus to achieve the following goals:

  • promoting job growth and a vibrant economy;
  • creating a sustainable budget and living within the state’s means;
  • providing a world-class education system through reforms and enhancements;
  • governing collaboratively to protect the most vulnerable while prioritizing the needs of middle-class Washingtonians; and
  • setting priorities for state government and holding it accountable.

Today, a total of just five states in the country have divided control of their state legislature, with one party controlling the House while the other party controls the Senate.

Washington now joins Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire and New York in this category. (While the Virginia Legislature has a GOP majority in the House and a tie between Republicans and Democrats in the State Senate, Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling acts as a tie-breaker in the Senate, technically giving Republicans control of the entire State Legislature.)

GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders… in Leadership!

As we look to 2013, GOPAC is excited to congratulate some of our members of GOPAC’s 2011 and 2011 Classes of Emerging Leaders on their election and appointment to leadership positions!


In Florida, Rep. Dana Young (Class of 2012) has been elected to serve as the House Deputy Majority Leader and Majority Whip.

In Michigan, Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (Class of 2011) will serve as House Chief Deputy Whip beginning in January.

And in New Hampshire, Sen. Andy Sanborn (Class of 2011) has been named Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee.

All three legislators were first elected to office just two years ago, but in just one term Representatives Young and LaFontaine and Senator Sanborn have become shining examples of the emerging state leaders that make a positive and lasting impact in their state and in the Republican Party.

We look forward to highlighting the success of members of our 2011 and 2012 Classes of Emerging Leaders as states across the country elect their leaders and committee chairs for the 2013 legislative session.

GOPAC Celebrates its 35th Anniversary: Become a 2013 GOPAC Member

GOPACHelp train the next generation of Republican leaders by ordering your 35th Anniversary GOPAC Membership Card today!

In 2013, we will mark GOPAC’s 35th anniversary since our founding in 1978 by Delaware Governor Pete Du Pont, and we have bigger goals than ever to help the party of Ronald Reagan succeed in America’s comeback.

After years on the frontlines of political campaigns, the impact that your early membership renewal will have on our opportunity for success is unquestionable. This is your chance to be heard and help start the revolution our party needs by educating and electing a new generation of common sense Republicans at all levels of government.

Your early 2013 membership renewal of $50 or even $100 is vital to helping GOPAC recruit and train the next generation of Republican leaders our party so desperately needs.

Join us today by following this link to renew your GOPAC membership, and you will receive your 35th Anniversary GOPAC Member Card showing that you are part of the movement helping to educate and elect the next generation of Republican leaders.