Convention Process

texas republican convention

conventionThe Republican convention process has four steps.

Step 1: Precinct convention (Saturday after the primary for 2016)
Step 2: County/SD convention
Step 3: State convention
Step 4: National convention

Step 1: Precinct conventions

All precincts will meet Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Precincts are the key to the grassroots organization of the party.

Precinct Conventions traditionally take place in our neighborhoods at our local polling locations after the primary election. In 2016 in Travis county, though, the Precinct Conventions will be held on the Saturday after the election. Check this page for your Precinct Convention location and start time.

Both state law and the Republican Party rules allow for each County Executive Committee to select the date, time, and location for the Precinct Conventions in even-numbered years for a date between the Primary and the county/senatorial district conventions.

For more information about your local primary convention, please see a list of Precinct Chairmen you may contact at: http://www.traviscountygop.org/get-involved/be-a-precinct-chair.html If no one is currently representing your Precinct (your precinct number is located on your Voter Registration card), please consider applying!

Again, here is your Precinct Convention location and start time.

Step 2: SD/County conventions

Each Senate District in Travis County will meet Saturday, March 19, 2016

Travis County includes parts of four Senate Districts (SDs 14, 21, 24, 25). Each of these districts must have separate senatorial district conventions (sometimes known collectively as “the county convention”).

Republican Party of Texas rules allow for a shared facility within a county with the approval of the precinct chairs, but each convention must remain organizationally separate. The Travis County Republican Party used separate facilities in 2014 and the same facility (but different rooms) in 2012.

The Travis GOP will maintain information on  each SD convention here: https://sites.google.com/site/tcrpcon

Step 3: State convention

May 12-14, 2016, in Dallas

Delegates to the Republican Party of Texas Convention (also called the RPT Convention or “state convention”) are selected at the Senatorial District conventions.

Only Delegates and Alternate Delegates chosen by the Travis County Senatorial District Conventions may vote in the RPT Convention, though Guest and VIP passes are available for non-delegates.

  • Delegates to the state convention are expected to:
  • Elect a state party Chairman and Vice-Chairman
  • Elect members to serve on the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC)
  • Adopt a party platform
  • Elect a slate of National Convention delegates and alternates (only in presidential election years)
  • Participate in special, optional activities such as a prayer rally, straw poll, community outreaches, etc.
  • For more information see the convention’s web site at: http://www.texasgop.org/convention

Step 4: National Convention

July 18-21, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio

National conventions only take place every four years during Presidential election years. It’s a much more complicated process involving several ballots and a lot of stump-speeches at the state convention. If you’re interested, James can walk you through the process.