(FreedomBeacon.com)- Last weekend, the Iowa Republican Party unanimously reelected Chairman Jeff Kaufmann and Co-Chair Linda Upmeyer to another term, according to the Des Moines Register.
Kaufmann, who was initially elected Chair of the Iowa Republican Party in 2014, has presided over the party’s expansion in the state and is a fervent defender of Iowa’s “first-in-the-nation” caucus.
In a statement, Kaufmann touted the Iowa GOP’s achievements over the last eight years and said he was honored to “remain at the helm” and see the Republicans through the 2024 Iowa caucus.
Returning co-chair Linda Upmeyer previously served in the Iowa House for 18 years and was the first woman to become House Speaker.
In a statement after her reelection, Upmeyer touted the Iowa GOP’s red wave in the 2022 Midterm elections and said she was honored to serve another term as co-chair.
With the unanimous reelection of Kaufmann and Upmeyer, Republicans ensure continuity and party stability leading into next year’s Iowa Caucus.
In a post on Truth Social last Sunday, former President Donald Trump congratulated Kaufmann and Upmeyer for winning reelection. He praised Kaufmann for transforming Iowa from a swing state to a solid GOP stronghold and said he looked forward to working with Jeff again in 2024.
The Democrat Party has taken steps to make South Carolina their first-in-the-nation contest instead of Iowa. However, Republicans will keep the primary schedule in place. Potential 2024 GOP candidates have already begun visiting Iowa ahead of a possible run. However, former President Trump, the only declared candidate, has not.
It was reported this week that Donald Trump is bypassing both Iowa and New Hampshire, holding his first official campaign event in South Carolina on January 28.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Republican Governor Henry McMaster will join the former president at the State House in Columbia as Trump unveils his South Carolina campaign leadership team.