RMSP History

The November 1994 mid-term elections were commonly referred to as the “Republican Revolution.” Given the great gains made by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, a group of House Republicans began informal meetings to discuss ways to further a centrist, pragmatic Republican agenda — one that could accommodate bipartisan legislative results. The discussion group began to craft a centrist Republican agenda focused on the critical fiscal issues of the day.

What began as a congressional discussion group started by Reps. Nancy Johnson, Steve Gunderson and Fred Upton has evolved into a national gathering of leaders from government, business and education who share a commitment to conservative, pragmatic approaches to business in a global context; to compassion in our communities and character in our national leaders.

Many of the original participants are now leaders of Main Street. The Chairman of the Board and original founder of the Partnership is former Rep. Amo Houghton of New York, who is the only former corporate CEO of a Fortune 500 company to have served in the House of Representatives. The past Chairman is John “Jock” McKernan, a former member of Congress, and two-term Governor of Maine. The other members of the Board of Directors can be found here.

Main Street’s current President and CEO is former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH). Steve has served in this capacity since January 2013. Under his and Amo’s watch the organization has reached record levels of elected members in the House and Senate.

Main Street is the governing wing of the Republican Party. Main Street’s membership is comprised of main stream fiscally conservative elected officials along with individuals and entities that support our mission. Main Street works with our elected officials, members, supporters and allies to develop and promote policy for implementation at appropriate levels of government.