Normally this news would want to make me go bang my head against the wall slowly. But I half to admit that I wasn't really expecting much from the state party anyways until a new chair is elected at the 2012 state party convention. Of course, somebody has to fill in until then. Best of luck to outgoing ED Ruben Hernandez on his next venture. And best of luck to Bill for taking on a thankless job.
(Austin, TX) – Today, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie announced that he will appoint Bill Brannon as TDP Executive Director, effective July 1. Outgoing TDP Executive Director Ruben Hernandez will transition out at the end of July.
“I've thought long and hard on this decision, and I'm very confident that Bill will do a tremendous job at the helm of the TDP,” said Boyd Richie. “Bill has spent a lifetime working to foster inclusion, coordination and cooperation in Texas Democratic politics and he works well with grassroots organizers, officeholders and major donors, all of whom are important to Democratic success. Bill's leadership will allow the TDP to continue and strengthen its fundraising, political, organizational and communications tasks.”
“I cannot say enough about the job Ruben Hernandez has done for the Texas Democratic Party,” Richie added. “In six years as Executive Director, Ruben's guidance has enabled TDP to build an infrastructure that is second to none among state Democratic parties, and he has earned the respect and appreciation of Texas Democrats.”
Bill Brannon has been professionally involved in politics for over 30 years. He has been part of over 150 campaigns at all levels and in virtually all positions. As an administrator, Bill has directed numerous campaign staffs and has over ten years experience as the District Director for two congressional offices. Bill has participated in the Texas Democratic Party at all levels – as an activist, Precinct Chair, County Chair and SDEC member.
Bill currently serves as Deputy Political Director for Party Operations. He lives in Sulphur Springs with his wife Vali and will relocate to Austin.