California GOP elects its first female leader
California Republicans named a new chair Sunday, electing Jessica Patterson, a Latina, the first woman to lead the state party.
Patterson defeated former Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen and GOP activist Steve Frank, winning 55 percent of the vote.
Patterson, a 38-year-old mother of two, is a longtime political operative and the chief executive of California Trailblazers, a group that trains Republican legislative candidates. She will lead a team of newly elected executive officers that includes a Taiwanese American immigrant and a gay man.