LA Times - California Republican Party elects Jessica Patterson, a Latina, as first female leader
Monday, February 25, 2019
Posted by: Amanda Smith
California Republicans named a new chair Sunday, electing Jessica Patterson, a Latina, the first woman to lead the state party after it suffered historic losses in the November midterm elections.
Patterson defeated former Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen and longtime GOP activist Steve Frank for the post, winning 55% of the vote after a contentious campaignthat exposed deep rifts in the party’s base.