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GOPAC Announces 2017 Class Of Emerging Leaders
Updated June 8, 2017 7:46 PM
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(BEDFORD) - GOPAC announced its 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders, a list of promising legislators selected for their potential and ability to impact their State and the Republican Party.

Indiana Representative Chris May is on the list.

"As we grow the roster of Republicans who are ready to lead in their state legislatures and run for higher office, our 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders exemplifies men and women focused on boosting their state's efforts to create jobs and protect their communities. This year's honorees join the members of Congress, statewide elected officials and state legislative leaders who have benefitted from our mission and programs. We welcome their involvement and are excited to help foster their success," said GOPAC Chairman David Avella.

The Emerging Leaders program is a yearlong initiative to coach and develop state legislators from across the country on how to be effective legislative leaders. This year's class will begin their involvement at the 7th Annual Emerging Leaders Summit, which takes place from June 12th to 15th. The Summit gives participants the opportunity to learn from policy experts, veteran lawmakers, communications professionals and seasoned political strategists as well as each other. These leaders return to their states better equipped to advance the ideas they are championing and prepare for the rigors of campaigning for higher office. To be selected, an emerging leader must be nominated by a member of the organization's Legislative Leaders Advisory Board or the legislative leader in their state.

GOPAC's 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders:
Legislators -

  • Indiana Representative Chris May

  • Alabama Senator Bill Hightower

  • Arkansas Senator Bart Hester

  • Arizona Senator Steve Smith

  • Indiana Senator Aaron Freeman

  • Kentucky Senator Julie Adams

  • Minnesota Senator Paul Anderson

  • Nebraska Senator Brett Lindstrom

  • Ohio Senator Frank LaRose

  • South Carolina Senator Scott Talley

  • Texas Senator Dawn Buckingham

  • Virginia Senator Glen Sturtevant

  • West Virginia Senator Ryan Weld

  • Wisconsin Senator Patrick Testin

  • Florida Representative Paul Renner

  • Georgia Representative Meagan Hanson

  • Kansas Representative Erin Davis

  • Michigan Representative Shane Hernandez

  • Mississippi Representative Jason White

  • Missouri Representative Holly Rehder

  • Nevada Assemblyman Keith Pickard

  • North Carolina Representative Josh Dobson

  • Ohio Representative Rick Carfagna

  • Oklahoma Representative Ryan Martinez

  • South Carolina Representative Joshua Putnam

  • Texas Representative Giovanni Capriglione

  • Wisconsin Representative Shannon Zimmerman

To learn more about the Class of 2017, visit our new website at

ABOUT GOPAC: GOPAC is the Republican Party's premier center for educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders. It's a force in American politics as it ensures a healthy roster of prepared and tested state leaders ready to lead in their legislatures and/or run for higher office.

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