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Devaney Elected Tenn. GOP Chairman For 3rd Time

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Republican Party's executive committee has elected Chris Devaney chairman for a third time.

Devaney was re-elected without opposition at the panel's meeting in Nashville on Saturday. He was first elected to complete the unexpired term of his predecessor Robin Smith after she left to make an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2009. Devaney was elected to his first full term as chairman the following year.

"It is an honor the State Executive Committee has elected me to serve another term," said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. "I look forward to working with Republicans across the state to strengthen our Party by effectively communicating our message to as many Tennesseans possible and want to thank committee members for this opportunity to help move our party forward for another two years.

"The Tennessee Republican Party has experienced great success, but it is critical we begin efforts now to build on that success in coming elections," continued Devaney. "Moving forward, it is important that we continue to expand the base that the Republican Party has had over the years in Tennessee. It is important to continue to recruit qualified men and women to serve, to continue building our county parties and to reach out to minority groups in our state and let them know they have a home in the Republican Party."

Devaney was U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's state director before becoming chairman of the party. He previously worked as the party's executive director and as a staffer for former U.S. Sens. Fred Thompson of Tennessee and Phil Gramm of Texas.

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