AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Cathie Adams has been elected the new party leader of the Texas Republicans by a 36-25 vote during a special meeting at party headquarters. Officials announced Saturday that Adams was elected party chairwoman.
She succeeds Tina Benkiser, who recently left the post to become a senior adviser to Governor Rick Perry's Re-election Campaign. Party bylaws require a chairman to remain neutral in primary elections.
Adams has previously endorsed Perry who faces a primary challenge from Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Republican Party of Texas Spokesman Bryan Preston has previously said the new leader must refrain from any endorsements or advocacy during next year's GOP primary races, including the race governor.
Adams has served in a number of roles and, at the 2008 State Convention, was elected the Republican National Committeewoman for Texas.