D.A. Sharpe, former county chairman and for the past five years the director of communications for the Wise County Republican Party, has stepped down due to health reasons.
Sharpe, 74, underwent heart surgery July 27 and spent 25 days in the hospital. He is now home and undergoing physical therapy but has stepped aside from his communications duties, which will be handled by County Chairman Allen Williamson.
Sharpe, a fifth-generation Texan who moved to Wise County in 1999, was elected party chair in 2000 and re-elected in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He stepped down in 2008 but continued to work as director of communications.
In 2012, he was elected an alternate delegate from the 12th Congressional District to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. – the first elected delegate from Wise County to the party’s national convention.
While in the hospital in Dallas recently, Sharpe received a pop-in visit from former President George W. Bush, who was also hospitalized for a heart procedure. They enjoyed a brief visit, but since both were in hospital gowns, Sharpe didn’t ask to have his picture made with the former president.
“Then after he left, I noticed he got all the nurses together, and they took a picture,” he said.
Sharpe has served as an election judge and is a member of the Selective Service board for North Texas, the Wise County Ballot Board and a state professional licensing board. He is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
D.A. and his wife, Suzanne, have three children and seven grandchildren. They are members of Eagle Mountain International Church and live in Aurora.
“It has been a joy and an honor to serve for several years, and I appreciate the help so many have been for me,” he said. He plans to continue to attend Wise County Republican Party meetings.