Cal­i­for­nia GOP elects its first fe­male leader

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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.

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