RNLA Elects New Board of Governors Members

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) elected seven new members to its Board of Governors at its annual board meeting on December 16, 2020. These elite attorneys will help to lead the over 6,000-member strong organization.

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) elected seven new members to its Board of Governors at its annual board meeting on December 16, 2020. These elite attorneys will help to lead the over 6,000-member strong organization.

RNLA Chair Larry Levy stated: “The RNLA Board class of 2021 represents the continuation of the Boards’ expansion throughout America.  Six of the seven outstanding attorneys joining the Board represent six different states and provide greater opportunities in those states for Republican lawyers to learn, work and network together.”

These seven attorney members of the Board of Governors were elected for 2021, joining the 35 incumbent members of the Board of Governors. They are:


Roger Barth, of Washington, D.C., specializes in corporate, tax and estate law, and government affairs. He has served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Internal Revenue Service and been directly involved in several Presidential campaigns. For many years he has served as Tax Counsel to the Republican National Committee.  He has recently resumed his service as RNLA Treasurer. 


Butch Bowers, of Columbia, SC, represents businesses, senior elected officials, government agencies, political campaigns, and advocacy organizations. He also advises clients on their litigation matters, legislative and regulatory issues, and crisis management strategies. He is the State Staff Judge Advocate for the South Carolina Air National Guard and holds the federally-recognized rank of Colonel.


Jake Evans, of Atlanta, GA, is Partner at Holland & Knight in the firm’s Public Policy & Regulation and Litigation and Dispute Resolution Groups. Mr. Evans represents individuals and companies in matters involving complex litigation; government and regulatory work at the local, state and national level; and general business law advice and counsel. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Evans is chairman of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission; serves on the Georgia Bipartisan Task Force for Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections; serves on the United States Commission on Civil Rights' Georgia Advisory Committee; and is chairman of RNLA's Georgia Chapter.


Chris Gober, of Austin, TX, is the Managing Partner of The Gober Group. His national practice is focused on constitutional and political litigation, government investigations and enforcement actions, and providing strategic advice and guidance to elected officials, candidates, political committees, corporations, trade associations, nonprofits, and donors on all aspects of their participation in the political process. Chris has previously served as General Counsel to the Republican Party of Texas, General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Deputy Counsel to the Republican National Committee, and Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice.


Kory Langhofer, of Phoenix, AZ, is the Managing Parter at Statecraft PLLC. He has extensive experience in political law, constitutional law, and government enforcement proceedings. Kory regularly serves as a legal expert in print, radio, and television news reports.


  1. Reid LeBeau II, of Minneapolis, MN, is an attorney and lobbyist having represented tribes in Minnesota and South Dakota. As a litigator Reid practices in the areas of Indian Law and Campaign Finance and Election Law. He teaches Federal Indian Law, Campaign Finance & Election Law, as well as Legislation at the University of Minnesota Law School.


Joe Olson, of Milwaukee, WI, is a trial attorney practicing primarily in the areas of products liability, class action defense, wage and hour litigation, employee benefits litigation, regulatory compliance, shareholder/member litigation, and complex commercial litigation. In addition to his trial practice, Joe has handled numerous appellate cases in state and federal court and has had the honor of arguing before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Joe is also the Vice President of Michael Best strategies, the firm’s dedicated government relations subsidiary.


RNLA President David Bowsher said:  “We’re pleased to welcome them to the RNLA’s Board of Governors.  They are a credit to the profession and the party.”


For more information about the members of the Board of Governors, please visit the “Leadership” page on the RNLA’s website: http://www.rnla.org/leadership.


The RNLA is the national organization of Republican attorneys. The mission of the RNLA is to advance professionalism; open, fair and honest elections; career opportunity; and Republican ideals.  For more information, please visit http://www.rnla.org.