Politics & Government

Tennessee’s Haslam will head GOP governors association

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was elected Thursday as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association, succeeding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez will be vice chairman.

They were chosen as the Republican governors meet in Boca Raton, Florida, for a series of meetings and reflections – and seminars with donors and supporters.

Haslam, 56, was just re-elected to a second term. Haslam, a Knoxville, Tenn., native, was mayor of that city. He has also managed his family’s chain of gas stations. Today Pilot Corporation has an estimated 14,000 employees in 39 states.