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Chief of Americans for Progress-Ga departing for position with Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition

By David Pendered

The head of the Georgia branch Americans for Prosperity, co-founded by of oil-billionaires Charles Koch and David Koch, announced her resignation Friday.

Virginia Galloway

Virginia Galloway

Virginia Galloway, state director of AFP-Georgia, sent an email saying she will take a new position early next year with the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Ralph Reed serves as president of FFC.

Galloway leaves AFP as a major tax reform proposal is ramping up for debate in the 2014 session of the state General Assembly. Galloway has been a leading voice in the fair tax movement and testified in favor of it in July before the Senate Fair Tax Study Committee.

Galloway’s annoucement did not identify her successor and no pertinent information was posted Friday morning on the group’s website.

Galloway started with AFP-Ga. as a field organizer when the state chapter started seven years ago. She’s served as state director for four years, notching up wins including the 2012 passage of the statewide charter school amendment.

In her statement, Galloway wrote:

  • “Looking back, Georgia has come a long way. Through your efforts, the Charter Amendment was passed last year.  We held grassroots training classes and No New Taxes rallies.  With the Atlanta Tax Day Tea Party, we helped launch a nationwide movement that we followed up with Next Step Training to channel that energy into effective action.
  • “We’ve rallied and petitioned and even bussed in to Washington DC to fight Obamacare and climate change alarmism. We’ve engaged in scores of economic issues confronting our state and nation. And we’ve made a difference.
  • “When I say ‘we,’ I mean YOU and the rest of our AFPGA members. Some of you started with AFP years ago, many of you have jumped into the free market battleground with us more recently. But you are what has made AFPGA successful.

In her testimony last summer on the fair tax, Galloway said AFP-Ga. would campaign in favor of a fair tax referendum. She said the group would implement the same grassroots strategy it used to prevail in the battle for the charter school amendment.

She noted that the North Carolina legislature replaced a tax code that she said was one of the higest in the nation with a flat tax – a campaign bolster by support from the AFP’s chapter in North Carolina.

“Winning the public over [on tax reform] requires a strategy that, I think, would be akin to the strategy that we and other groups that worked on the charter school amendment [used],” Galloway said in July. “That is, getting out there in front of the people, making sure they understand the facts.”

Galloway ended her email by saying she would remain an active member of AFP-Ga.:

  • “After seven years with AFPGA, and 4 years serving as your State Director, I’ll be moving into a new role early next year with another great organization – Faith & Freedom Coalition. I’ll still continue to be an AFPGA member, and look forward to seeing many of you at future events.


  • “From the bottom of my heart, I thank each of you for all you’ve done to defend the American dream. Please support and encourage our AFPGA staff and stay engaged – we’re not finished yet!”


David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow.


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