North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest cruised to victory in his reelection bid last November, defeating his Democrat challenger by more than 300,000 votes statewide.
And the good news keeps on coming for one of the state’s lone true conservative leaders.
Earlier this week, Forest’s fellow Lt. Governors in the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association chose him to serve as the association’s Vice Chairman for 2017.
The RLGA is part of the Republican State Leadership Committee, who spent some $850,000 this past year on Forest’s reelection efforts, fueling his commanding victory over Democrat Linda Coleman. Forest also defeated Coleman in the 2012 race for Lieutenant Governor.
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“The RLGA played an important role in my own re-election campaign this year with their largest investment in a race to date, and I look forward to building on all of our victories in 2016 as we strive to elect more Republican lieutenant governors next year from coast to coast,” Forest said.
Forest’s win gave him the distinction of being North Carolina’s first Republican Lieutenant Governor to ever be reelected to the Council of State.
RSLC President Matt Walter issued a statement on behalf of the organization praising Lt. Governor Forest’s efforts.
“The Tar Heel State has no better public servant than our friend Dan Forest. We are thrilled that North Carolinians recognized his efforts to improve the state’s education system, to lower taxes, and to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and have entrusted him with four more years as the state’s second-in-command as a result,” Walter said.
The RLGA also elected Nevada Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison as their new Chairman, Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera as co-chair for policy, and Indiana Lt. Governor-elect Suzanne Crouch as co-chair for finance.
“Since its founding, the RLGA has done an incredible job of helping the Republican Party expand its dominance in the states,” Hutchison said. “I look forward to working alongside Lt. Govs. Forest, Lopez-Cantera, and Crouch as we continue to grow our caucus, win elections and advance conservatism in the states.”
Heading into 2017, Republicans control 31 of the country’s 45 Lieutenant Governor seats.