Trump picks Michigan's Ronna Romney McDaniel for RNC chair

Casey Mills
December 20, 2016

Her appointment has to be approved by the committee's 168 members when they meet in January. "Ronna has been extremely loyal to our movement and her efforts were critical to our tremendous victory in MI".

"Ronna has been a committed leader in our Party for years, and her leadership this cycle in helping President-elect Trump turn MI red for the first time since 1988 makes her an exceptional choice to serve as Deputy Chair", Priebus said.

Trump also won MI in the general election, becoming the first Republican since 1988 to do so.

"Ronna has proven to be an incredible leader", said Snyder.

"I have no doubt she will continue to deliver success for Republicans at the national level", he said. Still, Romney was considered as a candidate for secretary of state, but Trump passed him over.

The niece of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be the first woman to hold the committee's top position in 40 years, and her promotion comes after Trump became the first Republican to carry MI in 28 years.

Fox News reported last week that Ronna Romney McDaniel was likely to be tapped for RNC chairwoman.

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Mitt Romney and Trump met on at least two occasions following Trump's historic win November 8, ostensibly to discuss a possible job for Romney as secretary of state - a nomination that ultimately went to Exxon's Rex Tillerson this week.

In preparation for the changing of the guard, Trump announced Wednesday that McDaniel will serve as RNC deputy chairwoman and Trump for President Ohio State Director Bob Paduchik will be RNC deputy co-chairman. Her father Scott Romney is the governor's brother.

Trump won Ohio's 18 electoral votes with 52 percent of the vote to Clinton's 44 percent.

McDaniel will be the first woman in decades to head the RNC.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been asked to serve as Trump's White House chief of staff. Priebus had supported McDaniel as his successor.

Mr Trump said he looked forward to Ms McDaniel taking over the party leadership.

Bannon, who was the CEO of the Trump presidential campaign and is slated to join the new administration as the president's senior strategist, joined Trump and Priebus in his praise for the McDaniel and Paduchik selections.

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