(Washington, D.C.) – The Republican Main Street Partnership today announced the election of former Congressman Charles F. Bass (R-NH) to lead the organization as President of the Board of Directors and chief executive. The organization also announced that Executive Director Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, a licensed CPA, will transition to Finance Director and will continue to play a key role in its success.
“I am pleased to announce that long-time Main Street member Charlie Bass has agreed to become the new leader of the Republican Main Street Partnership,” said outgoing Main Street President Tom Davis (R-VA). “I am also pleased that Sarah Chamberlain Resnick will transition to Finance Director and continue her strong work for the organization.”
“The beginning of the 110th Congress and the November midterm election results should serve to renew our faith and our efforts in restoring fiscal responsibility and limited government as true hallmarks of the Republican Party,” said Bass. ”The Republican Party needs the pragmatic, centrist leadership of the Republican Main Street Partnership and its elected members as a counter to the new Democratic leadership in Congress. We must return to the core values that unite us as Republicans and Americans, and I am honored to lead this organization at a time of such opportunity,” said Bass.
Congressman Bass is well known as a leading voice for centrist Republicans. During his tenure in the House, Bass established a significant legislative record of accomplishment that included lower taxes for working families, support for a more secure national defense, increased federal special education funding, campaign finance reform, and greater attention to scientific achievement. As an active member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Bass also worked to protect the environment and open spaces, promote energy independence, encourage growth in America’s high technology economy, and reduce the cost of prescription drugs and health care access for all Americans.
“The Republican Main Street Partnership remains committed to promoting the ideals of the Republican Party; we plan to be on the frontlines of the fight to restore our majority party status and our success in building a better America,” added Bass. “We will continue to embrace the full spectrum of Republican ideologies and values, and emphasize the core principles that unite us as a party.”
“The Democrats have run a well scripted and orchestrated first few weeks in control of Congress,” stated Bass. “It remains to be seen whether they will focus on the needs and challenges facing the country rather than reverting to partisan bickering and a self-serving agenda that fails to live up to their promises to the American people. We will be there in good faith to work with them on the hard challenges when they choose real progress and we will be there to oppose them if they choose to reward narrow, special interests.”
“Charlie Bass brings a wealth of experience to Main Street, along with a tireless commitment to Ronald Reagan’s vision for a big tent GOP,” concluded Davis. “We are fortunate to have a man of his tremendous skills and vision to lead Main Street at this critical juncture. His record in the House reflects a commitment to public service, a commitment that will now extend to his leadership at Main Street.”
Charles Bass began his career in public service in 1982 when he was elected to the New Hampshire State House. In 1988, Bass was elected to the New Hampshire State Senate, before being elected to Congress for the first of six terms in 1994.
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The Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) is dedicated to promoting and building the Republican Party as a thoughtful, fiscally conservative, inclusive “ Governing Majority, ” where political debate is encouraged to promote common sense solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of Republican ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, RMSP is the largest organization of elected Traditional Ronald Reagan Republicans in the nation, with over 60 members serving in the U.S.House and Senate. For more information on RMSP, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.