Liberty County Republican Party picks new leader

Ryan Daniel (right) congratulates Emily Cook for being selected as the new chairman for the Liberty County Republican Party. Daniel, who was the chairman until the Nov. 11, held the spot for five years.

After leading the Liberty County Republican Party for the last five years, Chairman Ryan Daniel has stepped down, citing new work obligations. His last day was Nov. 11.

Daniel was replaced as chairman by Liberty attorney Emily Kebodeaux Cook, who was selected at an October meeting by the county’s voting precinct chairs. She will serve the remainder of his unexpired term.

“I have faith that Emily has an eye toward the future and is very capable of handling what is thrown at her. Her compass is in line with the principals of the Republican Party and she will lead according to those principles,” said Daniel.

If Cook intends to keep the position, she will have to run for office in the general election next November. The filing period for this race, as well as several others including justices of the peace, district judges and commissioner positions for Pct. 2 and 4, begins on Saturday, Nov. 13, and ends at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13.

The party will be taking applications at a sign-up day on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Cook’s house in Liberty, from 9 to 11 a.m. Pam Smith, wife, of Hull precinct chair Brian Smith, will be on hand to notarize applications. Republican candidates who cannot make the Saturday morning event can arrange a time to file their applications at Ms. Cook’s law office in Liberty.

At the Nov. 11 meeting, the LCRP also honored the late Pct. 29 Chairman Jeff LeBlanc with a plaque presented to his widow, Kay, and his mother, Pam Harrell. LeBlanc died June 29 after a brief battle with COVID-19. In addition to serving as a precinct chairman, he served as a commissioner for the Emergency Services District #3, which serves the Westlake/Old River area south of Dayton.

The LCRP is also planning an event on Jan. 11 with the founder of the Texas new outlet, The Texan, and former state senator Konni Burton. Plans also are in the works for a Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in February. Once those plans are firmed up, more details will be shared.

For more information, including the address of Cook’s home and office, call or text her at 281-622-7268 or email the party at

Former Liberty County Republican Chairman Ryan Daniel presents a plaque of appreciation to the widow and mom of former Pct. 29 chairman and ESD #3 Commissioner Jeff LeBlanc who died in May about a bout with COVID-19. Left to right are Daniel, Kay LeBlanc and Pam Harrell.
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. So, if a candidate wishes to run for the party chair they must go to the opponents house and apply? Seems legit. No shade to Ms Cook, but this seems like an odd way to ensure the process is above reproach.

    • Hi! Only on the first day of filing. It is a tradition of the Liberty County Republican Party to host the first day of sign ups at the chairman’s home, since the party does not have an office (one is actually coming soon). While yes, someone who wants to file for county chair against the current chair would have to file with the chair, the rest of sign ups are by appointment at my law office. Hope that helps! – Emily Cook

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