WASHINGTON,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)–March 12, 2003–GOPAC, the premier national education and training organization for Republican state and local candidates and activists, has tapped former Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK) to serve as national Chairman.
The Honorable J.C. Watts retired from Congress in January of this year after serving a remarkable eight years, including four years as Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth highest-ranking member of the House Republican Leadership. He was one of ten members of then-Governor Bush’s National Presidential Exploratory Committee in 1999 and served as Honorary Co-Chairman of the 2000 National Republican Convention. He is regarded as one of the most effective political leaders of our time.
As Chairman of GOPAC, Congressman Watts said he is committed to building a farm team of strong Republican candidates and activists that will include women and minorities, that represent “the broad spectrum of American life,” and that “promote common sense solutions to America’s greatest challenges.”
“GOPAC’s mission is to build on the Republican successes of the past decade,” said Watts.
“Over the past 10 years, I have seen America elect a Republican majority in Congress for the first time in a generation and support a dramatic shift in the culture of Washington through landmark reforms of welfare, tax and national security policy. Many of the leaders of this change were recruited and trained by GOPAC, including me. Now, under President Bush’s leadership in the White House, we need to seize this golden opportunity to concentrate our resources to help recruit, train, mobilize and elect Republicans in state and local government who will be our leaders across the nation for decades to come.”
Watts noted that 75 percent of the members of the current U.S. Congress are men and women who served in state or local government before going to Washington. “GOPAC can have a significant impact on what future Congresses will look like by influencing state and local elections and growing the Republican grassroots ranks nationwide.”
GOPAC is an independent Republican political organization founded in 1978 by the Honorable Pete du Pont, former Republican governor of Delaware, when Democrats controlled the U.S. House,
Senate and the White House. Other GOPAC Chairmen include former
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA),
Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ), Congressman David Dreier (R-CA), and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating.