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McDonnell elected head of RGA

Members of the Republican Governors Association have voted to give Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell a full term as chairman of the association.

Formerly the RGA’s vice-chair, McDonnell became chairman earlier this year when Texas Gov. Rick Perry stepped down to run for president.

McDonnell will serve as chairman for 2012. The RGA is meeting this week in Orlando, FL.

“Republican governors across the country have been showing the way forward by balancing budgets by cutting spending, not raising taxes; reforming state governments to make them more efficient, effective and user-friendly to taxpayers; and focusing on private sector job creation to get our fellow citizens back to work and reignite the economic engine of America,” McDonnell said in a written statement. “Across the country these efforts are producing positive results, and I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next year to continue implementing good, fiscally responsible policy, and to working hard to build on the RGA’s successes of 2009-2011 to add to the ranks of our 29 outstanding Republican governors.”