James Dickey is a longtime grassroots leader serving his second term as leader of the Travis County Republican Party. He is no stranger to fighting an uphill battle as a conservative in a liberal community.
James got his first taste of politics before he was old enough to vote, missing the age requirement by a mere three weeks to vote for Ronald Reagan. In place of casting a vote for the Gipper, he was able to help a conservative get elected to U.S. Senate — in an area where over 70 percent of the voters voted for Mondale! This proved a challenge that would prepare him for the Austin political environment.
James has been at the forefront of building new alliances in Travis county. Outreach to minority groups and coalitions on local issues and increased visibility through strong press relationships and a willingness to rally voters by speaking out on local, regional and national issues have been priorities for James’ tenure.
He is convinced that things are changing thanks to the hundreds of people moving to Austin each week, and that a dynamic Republican Party can lead where the downtown liberal Austin establishment has failed. James knows that an empowered and well trained grassroots volunteer force can make a difference for good for all in Travis county.
A graduate of Fort Worth’s Polytechnic High School, James and his wife of 27 years, Lynda, live in Spicewood. Prior to moving to Travis county, they spent over 20 years in Dallas and Denton counties.
James is the Chief Operations Officer and marketing director for a small insurance business he co-founded in Lakeway eight years ago. He is a proud alumnus of Stanford (go Cardinal!) and Baylor (sic ’em Bears!), and in addition to Texas has lived in/near San Francisco, Tucson, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Tampa and Hartford.
In his spare time, James reads – particularly biographies and histories – and enjoys attending concerts and sporting events. He loves spending time with his wife and children – all movie buffs who also like to travel as a family as often as possible.
In the Republican Party, James has served as a Precinct Chair, a Delegate or Alternate Delegate at 3 National Conventions and 5 State Conventions, and as a volunteer on numerous committees and campaigns in addition to serving as Travis County Chair.
Learn more here about the party’s accomplishments since he has been Chairman and James’ vision for the Travis County Republican Party’s future.