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Congressional District 4 Nomination Process

Congressional District 4 Nomination Process

Dear Republican County Chairs and Precinct Chairs in CD 4,

President Donald Trump has nominated Texas Congressional District (CD) 4 Congressman John Ratcliffe to be the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The hearing process began this week and, if confirmed, Congressman Ratcliffe will vacate his Congressional seat and be ineligible to be our nominee for CD-4 in November (per the Ineligibility Clause, Art. 1, Sec. 6, Clause 2 of the US Constitution).

Should that occur, a replacement nominee would be elected by the CD-4 Congressional District Executive Committee (CDEC) composed of the precinct and county chairs who reside in that CD-4. TEC § 171.054. The election of a replacement nominee may not occur prior to the beginning of the term of office for the new executive committee members. TEC § 145.036(e). When the new nominee is elected, the Certificate of Replacement Nominee must be delivered to the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m.on August 24, 2020. TEC § 145.037 

Because the primary runoff has been delayed until mid-July due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the new County Executive Committee terms begin August 3, 2020, which means the window to conduct the CDEC meeting and elect the replacement nominee is just three weeks.

The State Chair has the responsibility to call the CDEC to meet either as a whole in one location or separately in each county in the district after the Precinct Chairs take office. TEC § 171.054(b). If the meeting occurs in one location, the members of the committee will elect a chair at the committee’s first meeting from among the committee’s membership. TEC § 171.054(d)

The required quorum for the election of the nominee is a majority of the CDEC membership. To become our nominee for the November general election, an individual must receive a favorable vote of a majority of the members present and voting. TEC §145.036 (d). Proxies and proxy voting are not allowed in a CDEC meeting. RPT Rule 6.

The qualifications for running for the Congressional Nomination in the CDEC process are the same as for candidates who file to run for congressional office in the Primary, except no application forms, filing fees, or petitions are required.  

Here are the key points to know:

  • The CDEC meeting will be held beginning at 1pm Central Time on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at The Hopkins County Regional Center, 1200 Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.
  • All that is required for someone to be a candidate is for a CDEC member to put their name in nomination during the CDEC meeting. A candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast by the CDEC members present in order to become the Party’s Congressional Nominee.
  • The Temporary CDEC Meeting Chair will be Donnie Wisenbaker, the County Chairman for Hopkins County.
  • The agenda of the meeting will be:
    • Call to Order, Prayer and Pledges
    • Report of Temporary Credentials Committee Chair
    • Vote to accept or modify Credentials Committee Report
    • Nominations for Permanent CDEC Chair
    • Election of Permanent CDEC Chair
    • Report of Temporary Rules Committee Chair
    • Vote to accept or modify Rules Committee Report
    • Nominations for candidates for Congressional Nominee for CD-4
    • Speeches by candidates for Congressional Nominee (and/or their representatives)
    • Election of Congressional Nominee
    • Vote on Motion to Adjourn

We face an historic moment in Congressional District 4 with the potential election by the CDEC of our Party’s nominee for the November election. I hope this letter helps everyone better prepare for that election and therefore helps ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. 



James Dickey
Republican Party of Texas

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Update from Chairman Dickey, April 2020

Update from Chairman Dickey, April 2020


I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. It has been a busy month at the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) as we navigate these unprecedented times and find solutions to continue our necessary business while protecting the health and safety of all Texans. 

On Saturday, April 4 the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) met electronically to address two key issues that directly affect our grassroots – the State Convention and National Convention delegate allocation. During the online meeting, the SREC approved moving the State Convention in Houston from May 14-16 to July 16-18 and to allocate our 44 at-large delegates using the statewide allocation method under RPT Rules, so as not to jeopardize our delegation strength to the National Convention. With this change, all Texas delegates were secured for President Trump. Both of these votes will be ratified at an in-person meeting that will be held Saturday, May 2nd, 2020. It is no small feat to move the dates of our Convention and I am thrilled to share that our State Convention dates were changed with no loss of space and with no additional cost to delegates or the RPT! 

Last month, I shared that the RPT reignited #RPTServes to help our fellow Texans during this challenging time. During the last week of April we held #RPTServes Volunteer Week. Thank you to everyone that participated in the effort to help our neighbors. You can still get involved with #RPTServes by joining our Facebook Group or find ideas on our website.
The RPT held Tele-Town Halls with several of our Statewide Elected Officials to provide critical updates on their Coronavirus response. Thank you to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian for joining us! If you missed the Town Hall meetings, you can listen to the highlights below. We will continue to host these important Tele-Town Halls to be sure you are informed about the greatest challenges facing Texas and how our Republican representatives are rising to meet these challenges.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick 
Attorney General Ken Paxton 
Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian 

While my travels around the state to visit with Republican clubs and groups have come to a halt, I have been excited to spend time and share updates with Texas Republicans through Virtual Town Hall meetings. We are still working tirelessly to prepare for victories from the White House to the Courthouse in November.    In April, I also joined the Texas Federation of College Republicans for a Virtual Town Hall. The RPT is executing on our plan to ensure victory and to keep Texas red. Keep an eye out to RPT’s social media channels and emails for information on future Virtual Town Hall meetings.

On Saturday, April 25th, I was fortunate to attend and speak at the “Line in the Sand” rally hosted by This Is Texas Freedom Force at the hallowed ground of Texas Independence – the Alamo. We had a great crowd in attendance who showed their support for the protection of our beloved Alamo and Alamo Cenotaph. In attendance with me was RPT Vice-Chairwoman Alma Jackson to show our support!

The RPT continues to publish our weekly podcast, Let’s Talk Texas. If you’ve missed an episode, listen to them below on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. This month, we were joined by Congressman Michael McCaul to talk about holding China accountable. Listen below!

Episode 12 – Is the DNC machine trying to boot Biden?
Episode 11 – What is China Hiding?
Episode 10 – The Bern is toast and other news
Episode 9 – How do campaigns stay engaged?

Episode 12 – Is the DNC machine trying to boot Biden?
Episode 11 – What is China Hiding?
Episode 10 – The Bern is toast and other news
Episode 9 – How do campaigns stay engaged?  

News Articles:

San Marcos Record
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
Houston Chronicle
San Antonio Express-News
CBS News
USA News Hub
Spectrum News San Antonio
Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman
USA Today
Liquid Lunch
Mark Davis Show
El Conservador Show
The Hill

Press Releases:
Republican Party of Texas Launches #RPTServes Week to Meet Needs of Those Impacted by the Current Crisis 
Senator John Cornyn Supports Feeding Texas to Help Texans in Need During #RPTServes Week 

We have made the necessary adjustment from in-person training to phone banking and online training sessions for our field staff. We will continue to work tirelessly to hit our milestones as we continue to work towards victory in November. Our field staff and volunteers have made over 100,000 calls this month alone. To help us keep Texas red, please text VEP to 72000 now and we’ll get you plugged in. 

Also, if you want to be in the loop on news about your Texas Republican Party and elected officials, text TXNEWS to 72000 and you’ll get a weekday morning email with the latest stories that mention our Texas and U.S. House and Senate members plus our statewide elected officials.
The stakes could not be higher this year, but we have proven that our plan is working and as long as everyone does their part, we will continue to win in Texas and leave an even brighter future than the one we inherited. We are not tired of winning yet!
James Dickey
Republican Party of Texas

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#RPTServes Volunteer Week

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) wrapped up our #RPTServes Volunteer Week and we wanted to share the various efforts Republicans across the state stepped up to serve their communities. Thank you to everyone who joined us in #RPTServes Volunteer Week. We are grateful to see the Lone Star State coming together during the most trying times. 

Here are just a few examples of the incredible efforts by Texas Republicans who are working to help their communities overcome the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic:

Senator John Cornyn kicked off the week with a video encouraging fellow Texans to get involved. He followed that up by making a $25,000 donation to Feeding Texas – a system of food banks that reaches families and individuals in each of Texas’ 254 counties. His generous donation along with his leadership in the Senate is vital for helping Texas families overcome the Coronavirus pandemic. We are thankful for his continued for and dedication to helping Texans!

RPT’s State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) members donated much-needed baby items to the Grace House—a pregnancy center in Weatherford, TX. This ministry strives to promote hope, life, and knowledge in the community through The Options Clinic, Grace House Pregnancy Center, and their Pure Truth in-school training program. Items collected at the May 2 SREC meeting will go to help mothers and babies in need in the Parker County area. We appreciate all of our SREC members who stepped up to help organizations as well as young mothers and children in need. 

State Representative Gary Gates distributed free care packages to those in need in House District 28. Over 5,000 families throughout the district were provided with essential and preventative supplies. Representative Gates set aside his campaign to focus on his community recovering because of his deep love and dedication to his community. We are thankful for all that Representative Gates has and continues to help during this difficult time!

Pharmacist Will Douglas, candidate for Texas House District 113, wasted no time and started producing much needed hand sanitizer and delivering it to home health organizations, the Seagoville Police Department, the Rowlett Fire Department, and the Rowlett Police Department. His support for the community and the first responders who serve it is incredible to see! This is the type of initiative and leadership Texans need in the Texas House.

Jacey Jetton, candidate for House District 26 stepped up in a big way by volunteering with the Ismaili Jamatkhana Center food bank for several days. He showed the desperate need for food when they ran out of food after serving 800 people in under one hour. We appreciate his dedication to his community during this difficult time!

Martha Fierro, candidate for House District 145, is working for her community and reaching out to her neighbors. It is only by working together as one that we will be able to not just overcome Coronavirus but become stronger. Thank you Martha Fierro for working hard for HD 145!

Texas Young Republican Policy Director Jason Vaughn helped pregnancy centers receive vital needs through their Amazon Wishlist. Even if it seems small, it can have an enormous impact on the lives of those who are struggling right now. Thank you Jason for your work!

Denton County Republicans and SREC members Jill Glover and David Halvorson supported two local food banks and Mission Moms who feed hungry children who are not able to get food they rely on from school. There are so many in need during the Coronavirus pandemic and these acts of service make a huge difference! In nearby Tarrant County, GOP precinct chair Jesse Taylor worked with Gerald Kern of the Community Food Bank in Ft. Worth to distribute food to more than 500 area families daily.

Republicans have undoubtedly united to set an example of service for their communities. Thank you to all who participated in helping others overcome this difficult time. We will overcome the Coronavirus pandemic by working together and helping our neighbors. While #RPTServes Volunteer Week has concluded, the efforts to help our fellow Texans during this difficult time has not. If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, click here to join or visit our website for more ideas. 

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