In the National Rifle Association board of directors meeting earlier this week, board members elected Pete Brownell of Montezuma, Iowa, to be the new NRA president.
The board meeting was held in Atlanta, Ga., following the second-largest NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in history, where 81,836 members gathered together in a celebration of freedom.
Brownell, who has been an NRA Life member since birth, is CEO of Brownells, the family-owned mail-order business that has supplied firearms and firearm accessories to Americans for nearly 80 years.
“It’s an honor and privilege to serve the 5 million members of the National Rifle Association of America,” Brownell said following the election. “I am humbled to serve alongside Wayne LaPierre—the true heart and soul of this Association—and to walk in the footsteps of my predecessors.
“I’m a proud NRA member from Day One who grew up with a passion for guns, our rich hunting heritage, and a passion to strengthen our Second Amendment.” “It’s an honor and privilege to serve the 5 million members of the National Rifle Association of America” — New NRA President Pete Brownell
Brownell follows in the footsteps of outgoing president Allan Cors, who has led the Association for the past two years. Under Cors’ leadership, the NRA saw outstanding growth and many victories in the Second Amendment arena.
“When I became NRA president, I pledged to work to introduce more people to peaceable gun ownership and to the enjoyment inherent in ‘pulling triggers,’” Cors said. “That goal will be carried on by incoming President Pete Brownell, who has dedicated his life to maintaining and enhancing all aspects of the shooting sports. You can expect this skilled young man to work to bring into our NRA family the millions of citizens who reacted to Barack Obama’s incessant attacks on the Second Amendment by voting with their pocketbooks and becoming first-time gun owners.
“Pete will be a dynamic force for the future of the NRA, especially when it comes to our pursuit of happiness,” Cors said.
NASCAR legend Richard Childress of Welcome, N.C., who has served as NRA second vice president for the past two years, was elected first vice president. Childress is chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, as well as an accomplished conservationist and activist for the protection of our natural resources, having supported groups such as the Boone & Crockett Club, Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Carolyn D. Meadows of Marietta, Ga., was elected second vice president. An active member of the NRA board of directors since 2003, Meadows is a political leader whose effective lobbying of Congress and Georgia legislators has been felt both locally and nationally. A passionate shooter and hunter, Meadows provides gun safety courses for children and adults on a volunteer basis.
The NRA board of directors also re-elected Wayne LaPierre as the NRA Executive Vice President. Under his leadership, the Association has grown to unprecedented levels, becoming the pre-eminent force in American politics and strengthening its position as the nation’s foremost defender of the Second Amendment. Upon his re-election, LaPierre reappointed Josh Powell to the position of executive director of NRA General Operations and Chris W. Cox to the position of executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.