Lewisville, July 11 – Conservative hero and former Texas State Representative Matthew Rinaldi of Irving won election as State Republican Party of Texas Chairman this afternoon on the first ballot of voting among the members of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC). Rinaldi won a majority of the 64 ballots cast on the first ballot: Rinaldi, 34 votes; David Covey, 21 votes; Chad Willbanks, 4 votes; Bill Burch, 3 votes.
Rinaldi received strong support from grassroots conservatives who are hoping to restore the pro-grassroots policies of former State Republican Chairman James Dickey who lost re-election to former Florida Congressman Allen West at the 2020 State Republican Convention. West resigned from the position after serving less than a year.
Rinaldi served in the Texas House from 2015 until 2019. He lost re-election in 2018 to a Democrat in the November General Election. Rinaldi, a practicing attorney in Dallas, served on the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and Agriculture and Livestock Committees.
During his two terms in Austin, Rinaldi received a top 10 rating from Empower Texans for his strong conservative voting record. Rice University’s Political Science Department rates Rinaldi as the second most conservative member of the Texas House.
Rinaldi lost his 2018 re-election bid to Democrat Julie Johnson.
Rinaldi announced at the conclusion of the SREC meeting that he would appoint his officers at a later date.