AUSTIN – This past week, delegates from all over the state came together in San Antonio for the Republican Party of Texas’ State Convention to elect new party leadership and update their rules, platform, and legislative priorities.
Chairman James Dickey was re-elected as Chair and Alma Jackson was elected as Vice Chair, replacing outgoing RPT Vice Chairwoman Amy Clark, who did not seek another term. Chairman Dickey won the race for State Chair in 22 of the 31 Senate District caucuses and again with 65% of the weighted vote on the Convention floor. Vice Chairwoman Jackson carried the Senate District caucuses 22-9 and was not contested on the floor.
Following the close of Convention on Saturday, Chairman Dickey made the following statement:
“Thank you to all the delegates, alternates, guests, donors, sponsors, candidates and elected officials who came together to make this such an incredible Convention. The Republican Party of Texas is truly blessed to have so many dedicated volunteers.
“I urge all Republicans across Texas to take our momentum from Convention into the field as we work toward victory in November. Democrats are fighting to push us back, take back ground they’ve lost, and advance their liberal agenda into every area of our state. We must stand together and fight to keep winning for Republican principles — to expand the Republican majorities that have made Texas great.
“A consistent theme I emphasized last week was unity. Our grassroots spent the week advocating for the ideas they believe in and the leadership they wanted. Competition is a good thing, and it makes us stronger. Now we can and must unite to focus on the 2018 election.
“Together we can win — and a win for our Republican nominees in November is a win for our families, a win for the unborn, a win for our churches, a win for our businesses, a win for our pocketbooks, and a win for every Texan.”
Also elected at the State Convention were members of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) — the board of the Republican Party of Texas. The new and returning SREC members will play important roles in the RPT’s wins in November. The 2018-2020 SREC directory can be found online at this link.
Chairman Dickey conducted the first meeting of the State Republican Party Executive Committee immediately following the close of Convention. Organizational business took place, including electing Will Robbins of Senate District 4 as the SREC Secretary. At the meeting, Chairman Dickey called for an independent audit of party finances for the first half of the year, which was approved by the SREC and will be overseen by three members appointed by RNC National Committeeman Robin Armstrong and RNC National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell.
The Republican Party of Texas celebrated its 150th Anniversary throughout the Convention, which was themed “Texas, Our Texas.”