RPV Names State Director of African-American Engagement

The Republican Party of Virginia and the Republican National Committee are pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Joe Ellison, Jr. will serve as the Virginia State Director of African American Engagement.

In his role, Rev. Dr. Ellison will engage African American organizations, institutions and community leaders to establish positive working relationships with Republican Party leaders, candidates and elected officials.


The program will create dialogue between political and community leaders to find common sense, practical solutions to the issues communities throughout the Commonwealth face.

Rev. Dr. Ellison is also currently the Director of Pastoral Relations and Church Ministries for the Virginia Pastors Coalition, which is an outreach of the Virginia Christian Alliance.  For more than a decade, Rev. Ellison has been involved in grassroots politics to support the campaigns of candidates including George Allen, Jim Gilmore and Bob McDonnell, organizing petition drives, hosting rallies and press conferences in support of the campaigns.

Rev. Dr. Ellison has also served as the Chairman of Mayors Commission on Youth Violence and on the Richmond Raceway Advisory Committee.  In addition, he was appointed to White House Commission on Faith Based Initiatives by former Senator George Allen.

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins gave the following statement:

"The Rev. Dr. Joe Ellison, Jr. brings years of experience in political grassroots organization and community engagement and will be a great asset to our efforts to reach out and connect in communities across the state to share why Ken Cuccinelli should be our next Governor," stated RPV Chairman Pat Mullins.  "He has done great work for the people of Virginia and represented our state on a national level and his knowledge and experience will be essential as we work to elect our Republican ticket in this critical election," Chairman Mullins continued. 

Statement by Rev. Dr. Joe Ellison:

"Republicans across the spectrum have shown a renewed commitment to opening dialogue with communities that haven't traditionally been a part of the GOP coalition. I'm excited to be a part of this effort. Chairman Priebus at RNC and Chairman Mullins at RPV have made it clear that the future of our party must be built on sharing our conservative ideas with all Americans, not just traditional supporters. African Americans generally share far more values with the Republican Party than they realize - a belief in strong families, hard work, and the desire to build a better future for our children. I'm excited to be a part of this effort, and look forward to working with my fellow Republicans toward victory in November."

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