Peggy Lambert elected GOP national committeewoman

She had tried twice before, said Blount County’s Peggy Lambert, but on this third try, she didn’t even get to give her “vote for me” speech.

In the blink of an eye, Peggy Lambert heard the vote, and she was elected as Tennessee’s committeewoman to the national Republican Party. The vote was by acclamation.

“It was certainly different from before, when I lost by one vote,” Lambert said.

Lambert was nominated by the out-going national committeewoman, Stephanie Chivers of Kingston Springs, who did not seek re-election to a second term. Memphis attorney John Ryder was elected as well, defeating U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary by one vote on a second ballot after a first ballot tie.

Lambert is married to John Lambert, Jr., and they have two sons, John Lambert III, who lives in Knoxville, and Jason Lambert, who lives in Charleston, S.C. The Lamberts have three grandchildren.

In her new position, Lambert will help decide the direction of the Republican Party. There will be some travel involved, especially as the national and senate races heat up in 2008, Lambert said.

The term will be for four years, with a limit of two consecutive terms allowed by the Republican Party bylaws.

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