John Bliss Elected New Chair Of Republican Party Of Los Alamos County

Members of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee this evening elected John Bliss as their new chairman during a meeting at UNM-LA. Bliss won with 6 votes over nominees Bill McKerley with 5 votes and Lisa Shin with 4 votes. Bliss has lived in Los Alamos since 1997 and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in several leadership positions within the safety and radiation protection programs. Bliss was raised in Detroit, Mich., and earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University before beginning his active duty career. He chose to live in Los Alamos after 22 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps. While on active duty he became enchanted by New Mexico when stationed at White Sands Missile Range and later while conducting research at LANL in the early 1990’s. Bliss and his wife Nancy live in White Rock and have raised four children, three of whom attended school in Los Alamos. Read more details of tonight’s GOP meeting Friday at Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Los Alamos Republican Party members listen to State Party Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi at this evening’s meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O’Neill/