2017 Republican National Committee chairmanship election

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The 2017 Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairperson election was held in January 2017, to determine the next chairperson of the Republican National Committee. The elected chair will be in charge of the national party activities during their two-year term.

Background

Reince Priebus, the longest serving RNC chairman, did not run for reelection. Priebus had been named by President Donald Trump as his White House Chief of Staff.

On December 9, 2016, it was widely reported that President-elect Donald Trump intended to recommend Ronna Romney McDaniel as the person fill this post.[1] On December 14, 2016, Trump announced that McDaniel was his recommendation to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee.[2] The 168 members of the RNC, all of whom were elected at state and territorial conventions during the primaries and caucuses earlier in 2016, will decide and vote upon their next chair at their January 2017 meeting. Although historically the recommendation of the Republican nominee for the presidency is usually followed,[citation needed] there is no restriction on who the RNC members may eventually elect.

Candidates

Image Name Description
No image.svg Ronna Romney McDaniel Chair of Michigan Republican Party,[3] niece of governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, granddaughter of governor and presidential candidate George W. Romney, officially recommended by President-elect Trump for the role[2]

Potential candidates

Image Name Description
AyersHeadshot.jpg Nick Ayers Former executive director of the Republican Governors Association[3]
No image.svg Matt Borges Chair of Ohio Republican Party[3]
David Bossie by Gage Skidmore.jpg David Bossie President and Chairman of Citizens United and Trump deputy campaign manager[3]
Chris Christie April 2015 (cropped).jpg Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey, 2016 presidential candidate[4]
Kellyanne Conway by Gage Skidmore.jpg Kellyanne Conway Trump campaign manager; Republican strategist and pollster[3]
Carly Fiorina 2017 CPAC by Gage Skidmore.jpg Carly Fiorina Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, 2016 presidential candidate[5]
Robert Graham Wiki Photo (cropped).jpeg Robert Graham Businessman and Chair of the Arizona Republican Party[3]
Corey Lewandowski 2017-08-03 (cropped).jpg Corey Lewandowski Former Trump campaign manager[5]
D Matt Moore (politician).jpg Matt Moore Chair of South Carolina Republican Party[3]
No image.svg Joe Nosef Chair of the Mississippi Republican Party[3]
No image.svg Matt Pinnell National State Party Director at the Republican National Committee[3]
Mercedes Schlapp by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Mercedes Schlapp Conservative commentator and columnist, Fox News contributor and wife of Matt Schlapp, the Chairman of the American Conservative Union[6]
No image.svg John Whitbeck Chair of Republican Party of Virginia[3]

References


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