The Republican Main Street Partnership was founded in 1997 with the goal of strengthening the governing wing of the Republican Party. Its founders intended it to promote thoughtful leadership and to develop and advocate for pragmatic, commonsense solutions to the challenges our country faces.

The Chairman of the Board and original founder of the partnership is former Rep. Amo Houghton Jr., who served in Congress from 1987 until his retirement in 2004, representing New York’s Southern Tier. Prior to his Congressional career, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) from 1964 to 1983. He is still the only member of Congress to have been CEO of a Fortune 500 company.


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