California Secretary of State Bill Jones — the only Republican to hold statewide elected office — was the keynote speaker at this year's Imperial County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner.
Jones said it is historic that there is a Republican president and Congress.
"Everyone should be very proud of that, not just as Republicans but as Americans," he said. "I'm very optimistic."
Jones said he believes a Republican Legislature can be elected in California and just because a Democrat is governor doesn't mean Democrats will retain control of the state any more than they did when Republicans were elected as governor.
"These absolutes are not true," Jones said. "What is true is we have to have very strong party structure, and then you have to reach out to independent-minded Democrats and cross-over voters. You have to give them issues that make them want to vote for your candidate, and you have to give them strong candidates they can believe in.