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Missy Shorey, First Woman Elected Dallas County Republican Party Chair, Dies

Dallas County Republican Chairwoman Missy Shorey.
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Dallas County Republican Chairwoman Missy Shorey.

Dallas Republican Party Chairwoman Missy Shorey has died. She was 47, according to multiple media reports.

Shorey was a local trailblazer – the first woman elected to lead the Dallas GOP in 2017. She was reportedly considering a bid for Congress next year against U.S. Rep. Colin Allred of Dallas for the Texas 32nd District.

Her husband, Marc Himelhoch, posted on Facebook that Shorey "died unexpectedly."

Shorey led the Dallas Republican Party during a point of enormous transition on a graceful note. The county has flipped to the Democrats in recent cycles and her own party has contended with the same tea-party-versus-establishment-divide that has been a thorn in the side of local Republican parties throughout the country. A year ago, D Magazine described her role as the county GOP leader as "the most impossible job in Dallas."

Ronda Kay Moreland, a local radio producer, confirmed the news Wednesday via Twitter:

"As a precinct chair of the Dallas County Republican Party I am heartbroken for the tragic loss of our County Chair Missy Shorey," she wrote. "I know our entire Party is shocked to hear this news. Our family extends our prayers to Mark & Missy’s entire family."

Political insiders who knew Shorey described her as vivacious and energetic, as a happy warrior who was willing to make her party's case to any audience. In her time as chairwoman, she was also seen as keenly interested in veterans' issues and as a party leader who was fired up to win back seats in Dallas County in 2020.

This story was provided by the Texas Tribune.

Abby Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.