RPT Conventions

About RPT Conventions

The following is a full description of the Republican Party of Texas convention process beginning with the Primary Election and ending with the State Convention. The 2016 Convention will held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on May 12-15.

Primary (& Run Off) Election

Primary voters elect the Republican candidates who will appear on the General Election ballot, their precinct chairman, and their county chairman. Voters can then attend their Party’s precinct convention that night.

Precinct Convention

Delegates to the precinct convention elect permanent convention officers, elect delegates and alternates to their county or state senatorial district convention, and pass/defeat resolutions presented by delegates.

County/Senatorial District Convention

Delegates to the county or state senatorial district convention elect permanent convention officers, elect delegates and alternates to the state convention, and pass/defeat resolutions presented by delegates.

State Convention

Delegates to the state convention ratify the Party rules, Party platform, and elect the State Chairman and State Vice Chairman. In presidential years, they also ratify all delegates and alternates to the national convention as well as the Presidential Electors and elect a National Committeeman and National Committeewoman.

State Convention, Senatorial District Caucus

Delegates to the state convention, meeting in caucus by state senatorial district, elect permanent caucus officers, permanent committee members, their SREC Committeeman and Committeewoman, and nominate candidates for State Chairman and State Vice Chairman.

State Convention, Congressional Caucus (Presidential Years)

In Presidential years, delegates to the state convention also meet by congressional caucus. In this caucus, they elect delegates and alternates to the national convention and elect a member to sit on the National Nominations Committee, which selects at-large delegates to the national convention. They also elect Presidential Electors and nominate candidates for National Committeeman and Committeewoman.

General Convention Information

The 2016 Republican Party of Texas State Convention will be held in Dallas from May 12-14, 2016. If you missed the 2014 State Convention, click here to watch the archived videos of the entire three day event.

The 2016 primary election will take place on March 1, 2016

See below to read more about the convention process, resolutions, and how to become a delegate.

Primary Process
Political parties hold a primary election in March of even numbered years. Currently, only two parties hold primaries – the Republican Party and the Democrat Party.

In Texas, registered voters may vote in either political party’s primary; however, a voter may vote in only one party’s primary in each election cycle.

If a voter votes in one party’s primary, the voter may not vote in the other party’s run-off election in that same year. Registered voters who do not vote in the primary election may vote in a run-off election of either party that year.

Republican Primary voters elect the Republican candidates who will appear on the general election ballot, their precinct chairmen, and their county chairmen. Thus, primary voters have a greater influence on the final outcome of the general election than those who only vote in the general election.

Those who vote in the Republican primary election (either in person or by mail) can then attend the various Republican Party conventions held that year.

Political Party Conventions
In Texas, parties hold their own conventions in election years. In even-numbered years, Texas Republicans hold precinct conventions, county or senatorial district conventions, a state convention, and in presidential years, a national convention.

The purposes of the conventions are to:

  • Choose delegates and alternates to the next higher convention level, when applicable; and
  • Consider resolutions or statements on policy issues to send to the next higher convention and/or for eventual inclusion in the state or national Party platform.
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Delegates/Alternates
Delegates are persons elected at a convention to represent the body electing them at the next higher convention level, except at the highest convention level in a given year where they simply serve as the representatives of the body that elected them.

Alternates are elected to serve in the event that a delegate cannot or does not serve. In order to be elected a delegate or alternate to a Republican convention, the person must be a registered voter in the represented area and have voted in the most recent Republican primary election.

Resolutions
A resolution is a formal statement or expression of an opinion put before or adopted by an assembly. Resolutions are offered by delegates for discussion and may address any topic. Resolutions passed by delegates at a convention are sent to the next convention level for consideration. Resolutions may eventually become part of the Party’s platform.
Delegates/Alternates

Delegates are persons elected at a convention to represent the body electing them at the next higher convention level, except at the highest convention level in a given year where they simply serve as the representatives of the body that elected them.

Alternates are elected to serve in the event that a delegate cannot or does not serve. In order to be elected a delegate or alternate to a Republican convention, the person must be a registered voter in the represented area and have voted in the most recent Republican primary election.

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