The Main Street Partnership encompasses a broad alliance of conservative, governing Republicans, including more than 60 sitting members in Congress. We are dedicated to working across the aisle to enact common-sense legislation on issues such as healthcare, family issues, workforce development, the environment (including clean water), and transportation/infrastructure. Our members run and win in the most highly contested swing districts in the country.
WHO WE ARE
Rhetoric is easy. It’s governing that’s hard.
Main Street members share a commitment to government that works to better American communities. We know how to reach across the aisle to build initiatives that not only work but endure. We have a long track record of crafting and passing effective legislation.
The future of the Republican party is changing exactly the way Main Street America is. It’s more diverse. It’s populated by people who maintain their fierce independence but who understand that our schools, our environment, and the health of our families demand solutions that reach across ideological boundaries. It’s fiscally responsible and socially inclusive. And it is represented today by the Republican Main Street Partnership.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Chamberlain serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Prior to being promoted to CEO, Chamberlain held a number of senior positions within the organization. She began her career in the personal office of Hon. Amory Houghton, Jr. in Corning, NY. In 1998, she moved to Washington DC to become the first executive director of the John Quincy Adams Society and to help found the Republican Main Street Partnership.
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Chairman Emeritus and Founder
Former Congressman Amo Houghton (R-New York) was first elected to Congress in 1986. He was the sixth-ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee when he retired in 2005, having chaired its Oversight Subcommittee, and serving on its Trade Subcommittee. He also served on the International Relations Committee and was vice chairman of its Subcommittee on Africa. Amo knew that American progress can only be made when we shift politics back to the civility of the center. A resolute beacon of bipartisanship, Amo’s unyielding commitment to country over party manifested into the Republican Main Street Partnership almost 23 years ago.
Under Amo, the Main Street entities collectively raised and spent more than $100 million to educate, elect and defend governing Republicans. Through the John Quincy Adams Society, Amo hosted and honored world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Alan Greenspan, and Katharine Graham; and later, under Republican Main Street Partnership, the organization’s highest award for Public Service was named in his honor.
Houghton built a reputation as a results-oriented congressman who espoused moderate social programs and conservative fiscal policy. He was a founder of 1997’s historic Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, which focused on the role of civility in political life. The only former CEO of a Fortune 500 firm ever to serve in the House, Houghton graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Business School. After serving in the Marine Corps, he joined Corning Glass Works (now Corning, Incorporated) as an accountant in 1951, rising to the level of chairman and CEO. He was also a member of the boards of such organizations as IBM, Procter & Gamble, B.F. Goodrich, and the predecessor bank of Citigroup.
Amo passed away March 4, 2020 at the age of 93 in his hometown of Corning, New York.