The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention Announces Honorary Co-Chairs

Former Gov. Bob Martinez (also former Tampa mayor and 2001 Chamber Chair) speaking at the 2012 Host Committee press conference

The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention is pleased to announce the appointment of its honorary co-chairs.

This prestigious bi-partisan group of individuals is made up of prominent and well-respected elected officials who have served Florida and the Tampa Bay region at local, state and national levels.

“Our honorary co-chairs will serve as ambassadors of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee,” said Ken Jones, President and CEO of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee. “These fine individuals will represent and promote Florida and the Tampa Bay region on our behalf. They will also ensure that the Host Committee achieves all of its goals in order to properly showcase the Tampa Bay region during the 2012 Republican National Convention.”

“I am excited to be part of this historic event and know that the convention will bring tremendous economic development opportunities to the Tampa Bay region as well as the entire State of Florida,” said former Governor Jeb Bush and Host Committee Honorary Co-Chair.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Host Committee Honorary Co-Chair emphasized that the 2012 Republican National Convention is a tremendous economic opportunity for the entire Tampa Bay region. “We are working closely with the Host Committee and the entire Convention team to make sure this is a great event for everyone so that we can successfully tell Tampa’s story to the world about why it is the best place to live, work, vacation, raise a family, and start a business.”

Esteemed former U.S. Senator Connie Mack and Host Committee Honorary Co-Chair said, “It is an honor to serve the people of Florida and the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee in this important role. I look forward to joining Floridians in welcoming guests from across the nation and from around the world to Tampa Bay.”

2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee Honorary Co-Chairs

U.S. Senator Connie Mack, retired
Governor Jeb Bush, retired
Governor Bob Martinez, retired
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa
Mayor Bill Foster, City of St. Petersburg
Mayor George Cretekos, City of Clearwater
Mayor Pam Iorio, City of Tampa, retired
Mayor Rick Baker, City of St. Petersburg, retired

About the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee
The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. (“Host Committee”) is a Florida not-for-profit corporation that operates as a public charity under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Host Committee serves as the officially designated Presidential Nominating Convention Host Committee under federal law and is a registered host committee with the Federal Election Commission. The Host Committee is not involved in any political activity and is not a political committee under state or federal law. Visit: www.2012Tampa.com.

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