The GOPAC Newsletter: September


The GOPAC Newsletter The GOPAC Education Fund has joined forces with the American Conservative Union to announce their joint selection of the "10 Under 40," giving special recognition to 10 of America’s most promising young conservative leaders.  The 10 will be honored at the Regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in St. Louis, MO, on September 28.

The "10 Under 40" program is part of GOPAC’s effort to "build a deep
bench of prepared leaders who are dedicated to lowering taxes, limiting
government and creating a marketplace for private sector job creation,"
said GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli in announcing the names of the
honorees earlier this month.

This year’s "10 Under 40" are:

  • Colorado:  State Rep. Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff
  • Indiana:  State Sen. Carlin Yoder
  • Missouri:  State Representatives Eric Burlison, Paul Curtman and Casey Guernsey
  • Oklahoma:  State Rep. Elise Hall
  • Texas:  State Rep. Stefani Carter
  • Wisconsin: State Rep. Tyler August and Milwaukee Board Supervisor Deanna Alexander


GOPAC members and prominent conservative legislative and political leaders from across the nation streamed into Nashville earlier this month for the 6th Annual GOPAC State and Local Summit, where they engaged in three days of policy meetings, issues briefs and training seminars, all focused on "The Path to Job Growth." The event was hosted by Tennessee’s Lieutenant Governor, Ron Ramsey.

Economist Arthur Laffer — known as "the Father of Supply-Side Economics" — told attendees that lasting private sector job growth begins with a climate of smarter, lower taxes and regulatory restraint.

Mark Kvamme, the venture capitalist who helped launch iconic American companies like Google, LinkedIn and YouTube, has spent the last three years assisting his friend Governor John Kasich in making Ohio "the most improved business climate" in the nation, according to Chief Executive magazine.

Kvamme told attendees that by adopting the lowest taxes in the Midwest (including a zero tax on corporate profits, out-of-state profits and on machinery and equipment), Ohio has managed to create a whopping 139,000 new jobs since 2011. Kvamme has now moved permanently to the Buckeye state, where he’s organized a venture capital fund, "Jobs Ohio," that has already amassed $300 million in investment capital to create jobs.

Kvamme discussed steps conservative leaders can take to attract venture capital to their own communities, suggesting a mix of tax incentives and alliances with academic research facilities.

In addition to policy discussions on job-creation strategies including results-oriented education, tort reform and rewarding responsible energy production, participants were briefed by Tennessee senior Senator Lamar Alexander on federal developments and took part in a number of "best practices" discussions with leaders from across the nation.

In addition to being welcomed by Lt. Governor Ramsey at the imposing Tennessee Governor’s Mansion in Oak Hill, guests got to spend the final night of the Summit at a live performance by country star Tracy Lawrence, the multi-Platinum CMA and ACM-award winner.


Wisconsin State Representative Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva), one of GOPAC’s 2011 "Emerging Leaders," has been elected by his colleagues to be Speaker Pro Temporary of the Wisconsin State Assembly and will preside over the Chamber when the Assembly reconvenes later this fall.

Even before his latest achievement, Rep. August, age 30, was spotted by GOPAC and the ACU as one of the "10 Under 40" for 2013.

As Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. August is now the second-highest constitutional officer in the Wisconsin Assembly, responsible for the smooth and orderly flow of Assembly business.

Rep. August was elected to the position by the Republican majority.