Former Houston GLBT Political Caucus president and longtime Democratic party activist Lane Lewis was elected to serve as the Harris County Democratic Party interim chair by the County Executive Committee on Tuesday, December 20. Lewis will serve the remainder of outgoing chairman Gerry Birnburg term, which expires in April. Birnburg announced earlier this year that he would step down after the November general elections.Lewis has also completed his filing as a candidate for HCDP chair on the April 2012 primary ballot.
Lewis previously served as president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus in 1997. He has a long history of advocacy on LGBT issues.
“Words cannot express the profound sense of responsibility I feel right now,” said Lewis moments after his election as HCDP Chair. “I am grateful so many fellow Democrats have entrusted me to lead during such a pivotal time. We have much work to do over the next several months to get our county and our candidates ready for the November 2012 election. This enormous task will take the work of current elected officials, precinct chairs and activists working in unison. My job will be to foster a new vision for our party and work to keep us all focused on our common goal.”
During Lewis’ acceptance speech, he spoke briefly about the direction and his vision for the party.
“A unified effort from every Democrat is the key to winning elections,” Lewis said. “It’s plain and simple. The middle class is under attack; the work we do in 2012 will be key to protecting the future and the promise that the American Dream provides.”
Lane Lewis was elected by an overwhelming majority. He will begin operating the HCDP immediately.