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Republican National Committee

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is a U.S. political committee that provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. It is also responsible for organizing and running the Republican National Convention. Similar committees exist in every U.S. state and most U.S. counties, although in some states party organization is structured by congressional district, allied campaign organizations being governed by a national committee. Ronna Romney McDaniel is the current committee chairwoman.[1]

Republican National Committee
Founded 1856; 161 years ago
Headquarters 310 First Street SE,
Washington, D.C.
, U.S.
Key people
Chairwoman:
Ronna Romney McDaniel
Co-Chairman:
Bob Paduchik
Officials:
Tony Parker – Treasurer
Susie Hudson – Secretary
Spokesperson:
Kayleigh McEnany
Website gop.com

The RNC's main counterpart is the Democratic National Committee.

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HistoryEdit

The 1856 Republican National Convention appointed the first RNC. It consisted of one member from each state and territory to serve for four years. Each national convention since then has followed the precedent of equal representation for each state or territory, regardless of population. From 1924 to 1952, there was a national committeeman and national committeewoman from each state and U.S. possession, and from Washington, D.C.. In 1952, committee membership was expanded to include the state party chairs of states that voted Republican in the preceding presidential election, have a Republican majority in their congressional delegation (U.S. representatives and senators), or have Republican governors. By 1968, membership reached 145. As of 2011, the RNC has 168 members.[2]

The only person to have chaired the RNC and later become U.S. president is George H. W. Bush. A number of the chairs of the RNC have been state governors.

In 2013, the RNC began an outreach campaign toward American youth and minority voters, after studies showed these groups generally perceived that the Republican Party did not care about their concerns.[3]

Chairs of the Republican National CommitteeEdit

Chairman electionsEdit

1993 RNC Chairman electionEdit

Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Haley Barbour 60 66 90
Spencer Abraham 47 52 57
Bo Callaway 22 19 18
John Ashcroft 26 20 Withdrew
Craig Berkman 10 8 Withdrew
     Candidate won majority of votes in the round
     Candidate secured a plurality of votes in the round
     Candidate withdrew

1997 RNC Chairman electionEdit

Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
Jim Nicholson 23 30 38 65 74 *
David Norcross 41 46 47 50 47 Withdrew
Steve Merrill 42 42 43 46 43 Withdrew
John S. Herrington 4 4 3 3 Withdrew
Tom Pauken 22 24 21 Withdrew
Chuck Yob 17 18 12 Withdrew
Robert T. Bennett 15 Withdrew
     Candidate won majority of votes in the round
     Candidate secured a plurality of votes in the round
     Candidate withdrew
  • Merrill and Norcross both dropped out after the fifth round, giving the chairmanship to Nicholson by acclamation.

2009 RNC Chairman electionEdit

On November 24, 2008, Steele launched his campaign for the RNC chairmanship with the launching of his website.[9] On January 30, 2009, Steele won the chairmanship of the RNC in the sixth round, with 91 votes to Dawson's 77.[10]

Source: CQPolitics,[11] and Poll Pundit.[12]

Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
Michael Steele 46 48 51 60 79 91
Katon Dawson 28 29 34 62 69 77
Saul Anuzis 22 24 24 31 20 Withdrew
Ken Blackwell 20 19 15 15 Withdrew
Mike Duncan 52 48 44 Withdrew
     Candidate won majority of votes in the round
     Candidate secured a plurality of votes in the round
     Candidate withdrew

On announcing his candidacy to succeed RNC Chairman Duncan, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele described the party as being at a crossroads and not knowing what to do. "I think I may have some keys to open the door, some juice to turn on the lights," he said.[13]

Six people ran for the 2009 RNC Chairmanship: Steele, Ken Blackwell, Mike Duncan, Saul Anuzis, Katon Dawson and Chip Saltsman. After Saltsman's withdrawal, there were only five candidates during the hotly contested balloting January 30, 2009.

After the third round of balloting that day, Steele held a small lead over incumbent Mike Duncan of Kentucky, with 51 votes to Duncan's 44. Shortly after the announcement of the standings, Duncan dropped out of contention without endorsing a candidate.[14] Ken Blackwell, the only other African-American candidate, dropped out after the fourth ballot and endorsed Steele, though Blackwell had been the most socially conservative of the candidates and Steele had been accused of not being "sufficiently conservative." Steele picked up Blackwell's votes.[15] After the fifth round, Steele held a ten-vote lead over Katon Dawson, with 79 votes, and Saul Anuzis dropped out.[16] After the sixth vote, he won the chairmanship of the RNC over Dawson by a vote of 91 to 77.[17]

Mississippi Governor and former RNC chair Haley Barbour has suggested the party will focus its efforts on congressional and gubernatorial elections in the coming years rather than the next presidential election. "When I was chairman of the Republican National Committee the last time we lost the White House in 1992 we focused exclusively on 1993 and 1994. And at the end of that time, we had both houses of Congress with Republican majorities, and we'd gone from 17 Republican governors to 31. So anyone talking about 2012 today doesn't have their eye on the ball. What we ought to worry about is rebuilding our party over the next year and particularly in 2010," Barbour said at the November 2008 Republican Governors conference.[18]

2011 RNC Chairman electionEdit

 
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in October 2011 in Las Vegas

Michael Steele ran for re-election at the 2011 RNC winter meeting.[19] Other candidates were Reince Priebus, Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman, Ann Wagner, former Ambassador to Luxembourg, Saul Anuzis, former Republican Party Chairman of Michigan, and Maria Cino, former acting Secretary of Transportation under George W. Bush. Steele's critics increasingly called on him to step down as RNC Chair when his term ended in 2011. A debate for Chairman hosted by Americans for Tax Reform took place on January 3 at the National Press Club.[20][21] The election for Chairman took place January 14 at the RNC's winter meeting with Reince Priebus winning on the seventh ballot after Steele and Wagner withdrew.

Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
Reince Priebus 45 52 54 58 67 80 97
Saul Anuzis 24 22 21 24 32 37 43
Maria Cino 32 30 28 29 40 34 28
Ann Wagner 23 27 32 28 28 17 Withdrew
Michael Steele 44 37 33 28 Withdrew
     Candidate won majority of votes in the round
     Candidate secured a plurality of votes in the round
     Candidate withdrew

2013, 2015, and 2017 RNC Chairman electionsEdit

Priebus won re-election with near unanimity in the party's 2013 meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.[22] He was re-elected to a third term in 2015, setting him up to become the longest serving head of the party ever.[23]

After winning in November 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump designated Priebus as his White House Chief of Staff, to begin upon his taking office in January 2017; David Bossie of Maryland was seen as a potential next RNC chairman.[24]

Trump then recommended Ronna Romney McDaniel as RNC Chairwoman and she was elected to that role by the RNC in January 2017.

Current Republican National Committee membersEdit

A collapsible list of the voting members of the Republican National Committee follows, as of November 2016. The state chair, national committeeman and national committeewoman each receive one vote at RNC meetings and vote for RNC Chairmanship.

Para Bellum LabsEdit

In February 2014, during the chairmanship of Reince Priebus, the RNC launched an in-house technology incubator called Para Bellum Labs.[81] This new unit of the RNC was first headed by Azarias Reda, an engineer with a PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan. The effort is designed to help the party and its candidates bridge the technology gap. Para Bellum, translated from Latin, means "prepare for war."[82]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  26. ^ "Alaska". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  27. ^ "American Samoa". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Arizona". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Arkansas". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  30. ^ "California". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Colorado". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Connecticut". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Delaware". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  34. ^ "District of Columbia". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Florida". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Georgia". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Guam". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Hawaii". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Idaho". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
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  41. ^ "Indiana". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  42. ^ "Iowa". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  43. ^ "Kansas". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  44. ^ "Kentucky". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  45. ^ "Louisiana". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  46. ^ "Maine". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  47. ^ "Maryland". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  48. ^ "Massachusetts". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  49. ^ "Michigan". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  50. ^ "Minnesota". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
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  52. ^ "Mississippi". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  53. ^ "Missouri". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  54. ^ "Montana". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  55. ^ "Nebraska". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  56. ^ "Nevada". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  57. ^ "New Hampshire". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  58. ^ "New Jersey". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  59. ^ "New Mexico". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  60. ^ "New York". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  61. ^ "North Carolina". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  62. ^ "North Dakota". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  63. ^ "Northern Mariana Islands". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  64. ^ "Ohio". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  65. ^ "Oklahoma". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  66. ^ "Oregon". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  67. ^ "Pennsylvania". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  68. ^ "Puerto Rico". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  69. ^ "Rhode Island". Republican National Committee. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  70. ^ "South Carolina". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  71. ^ "South Dakota". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  72. ^ "Tennessee". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  73. ^ "Texas". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  74. ^ "Utah". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  75. ^ "Vermont". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  76. ^ "Virginia". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  77. ^ "Washington". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  78. ^ "West Virginia". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  79. ^ "Wisconsin". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  80. ^ "Wyoming". Republican National Committee. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
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