Former Governor Rell Named to National GOP Group

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    GREENWICH, CT - JANUARY 22: Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell attends 20th Century Foxs Blue Sky Studios Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Blue Sky Studios on January 22, 2009 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox) *** Local Caption *** M. Jodi Rell

    Former Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell is returning to politics as a member of a national Republican group working to increase the ranks of GOP state government leaders.

    The Republican State Leadership Committee announced this week that Rell has joined the group's board of directors. Rell said in a statement that she'll be focused on the fall elections and the committee's efforts to recruit new female Republican leaders.

    The 68-year-old Brookfield resident became governor in 2004 after Gov. John G. Rowland resigned in a corruption scandal, and she held the post until 2011. She was lieutenant governor under Rowland from 1995 to 2004.

    The Republican State Leadership Committee works on increasing the GOP ranks in state legislatures, lieutenant governor posts and secretary of state positions across the country.

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