Austin, TX – Last Friday, the State Republican Executive Committee approved a $150,000 salary for chairman James Dickey.
- The decision comes weeks after a rough midterm election for the Texas GOP, which saw a closer-than-expected U.S. Senate race and the loss of two U.S. House seats, two state Senate seats and 12 state House seats.
- A presidential election year in 2020 appears no less daunting for Texas Republicans, and supporters of the salary — as well as a significantly bigger budget — argued the party needed to make serious changes to get ready for the next cycle.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“The 2018 midterms showed us that something special is happening in Texas. Frankly, more money in James Dickey’s bank account isn’t going to change the fact that there’s a new, diverse majority in Texas that’s fighting for the future they deserve
“Texas Republicans are in disarray, but instead of changing course and delivering solutions for working Texans, they’re lining the pockets of the Republican leader.
“Once again, the Republican Party of Texas is showing us just how out of touch they really are.”