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The Republican Party of Texas is the affiliate of the Republican Party in Texas. Cathie Adams of Dallas was elected Chairman of the party on October 24, 2009. Dr. Robin Armstrong was elected Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas in June 2006. State law requires that the chairman and vice chairman be of the opposite sex.

State Party Strength

Ever since the 1990s and coming into the 2000s, the Texas Republican Party has emerged to become the dominant party in state politics.

Since 1994, every statewide elected office has been in Republican control. Furthermore, both houses of the Texas Legislature feature Republican majorities (though the 2008 elections narrowed the House majority to a mere two votes; it should be noted that both houses are officially organized on a bipartisan basis, with both Republicans and Democrats holding committee chairs).

At the federal level, Texas was last carried by a Democratic presidential candidate in 1976. Both of its Senators - Kay Bailey Hutchison (first elected in 1993) and John Cornyn (elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008) - are Republicans, and the state also boasts the largest Republican delegation in the House: 20 out of 32.

Telemarketing Center

The Republican Party of Texas (commonly known as the RPT) ran a highly successful telemarketing center from 1994-1998 in the Southwest Tower Building (nicknamed "Telemarketing Tower") at 211 East 7th Street in downtown Austin.[1] The slogan of "A dime a day to keep the Democrats away" succeeded in bringing in thousands of dollars for the party in the form of $36.50 donations. Most of the telemarketers were University of Texas students and assorted RPT "vagabons". ("Dialing for Dollars the GOP Way" Austin Chronicle July 23, 1996)

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