Pete Ricketts said his new role as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association will allow him to better advocate for Nebraskans' issues. He listed how he had advocated for NAFTA with vice president Mike Pence at the annual RGA conference in Austin earlier this November. When asked if he's trying to elevate his national profile Ricketts said it was more of a byproduct of his efforts to make sure Nebraskans have a voice with national leaders. He said the organization also allows governors from across the country to share best practices with each other. An example he gave of this was a panel held at the RGA conference discussing how states are dealing with the opioid epidemic.