Van Hilleary loses RNC post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Rep. Van Hilleary has lost his post on the Republican National Committee.

The Tennessee Republican Executive Committee on Saturday elected Memphis attorney John Ryder to replace Hilleary as a national committeeman.

Hilleary served in Congress from 1995 to 2003. The 48-year-old unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the 2006 Senate race and lost the 2002 gubernatorial race to Democrat Phil Bredesen.

The state GOP has three representatives on the national committee. The others are state Republican Party Chairwoman Robin Smith and former state Rep. Stephanie Chivers.

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