VOL. 122 | NO. 147 | Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Smith Elected Chair Of State Republican Party
NASHVILLE (AP) - Robin Smith has been elected chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party.
Smith, a Hixson resident who has served as the party's vice chairwoman since 2005, was elected by the GOP's executive committee on Saturday and will lead the party through the 2008 elections.
The 44-year-old pledged to make winning control of the state Senate and state House her main priority in the election cycle.
Democrats hold a 53-46 majority in the House, while the Senate has 16 Republicans, 16 Democrats and one independent.
"The opportunity now is here to gain four seats in the state House and essentially put an exclamation point in the state Senate," Smith said.
She replaces Bob Davis, who has said he plans to pursue other opportunities.
Davis, who has been party chairman since December 2004, has not addressed news reports that he plans to take a position with Fred Thompson's pending presidential campaign.
Davis managed Thompson's 1996 U.S. Senate campaign and served as the senator's chief of staff.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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