The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) announced that Kyle Whatley will serve as its new executive director. Whatley is an experienced political operative with deep Texas roots.

“The RPT is a dominant force in the Texas political landscape and I am confident of Kyle’s leadership,” said RPT Chairman Tom Mechler. “He is a native Texan who understands how to win high-profile campaigns, and I am proud to have someone of his caliber leading the team at the RPT. I know Kyle is ready to hit the ground running and help our grassroots volunteers build upon our strong majorities in next year’s elections.”

“I’m thankful that Chairman Mechler has given me the opportunity to work for our Party,” Whatley added. “There is no higher Republican calling than serving the men and women who volunteer for our Party, and I look forward to implementing the chairman’s vision and electing Republican candidates in every corner of the state. It is my intention to make sure the RPT is aggressive, cutting edge, and known as the best state party in the country bar none.”

Kyle Whatley has nearly a decade of Texas campaign experience. As a native Texan, he returns to the state from a successful stint in Washington D.C. working for retiring Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. Whatley managed Fitzpatrick’s winning campaign, where he was recruited in a nationwide search, and oversaw a multi-million dollar budget in a campaign where $7+ million was spent. Kyle has worked for principled candidates like Arlene Wolgemuth and Quico Canseco, among others. He is a Houston native and proud graduate of Texas A&M University. Whatley has been married to his wife Erica for 8 years, and they have two young daughters.