From the Republican Party of Iowa
The Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee elected Ames resident A.J. Spiker, 32, as their new chair on Saturday.
Former Chair Matt Strawn announced he would step down in January after some his hesitation to declare Rick Santorum the winner of the Iowa Caucus.
Spiker, a real estate agent at Freidch-Iowa Realty in Ames, will fill the remainder of Strawn's term which expires in Jan. 2013.
“I am honored to be elected by my colleagues on the Committee and look forward to serving as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. I will work diligently with fellow Republicans across the state to energize voters and work to elect our candidates," Spiker said in a prepared statement.
Spiker is a former Story County GOP Chairman, and 4th Congressional District State Central Committee Member. He also served as the Iowa vice-chair for Ron Paul's 2012 campaign.