(credit: Texas Republican Party)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Fred Meyer, former chairman of the Texas Republican Party and the Dallas County Republican Party, has died at the age of 84.

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Meyer served as the State Party Chairman from 1988-1994. He was elected to office at a time when Republicans held only two statewide elected offices. He is credited with convincing current Texas Governor Rick Perry to switch to the Republican party. Also under his leadership, Kay Bailey Hutchison became Texas’ first female U.S. senator. It also marked the first time both U.S. Senators from Texas were Republican.

Meyer worked as chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party in 1979. By the end of his term, nearly 80 percent of county elected officials were Republican.

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Former President Bush released the following statement on Meyer’s passing: “Laura and I mourn the loss of our dear friend Fred Meyer. Fred helped build the Republican party in Texas, and we are grateful for his contributions to the Lone Star State. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and their children.”

Meyer leaves behind a wife, Barbara, three children and five grandchildren.

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