Ronna McDaniel is the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. McDaniel worked in Michigan for her uncle Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for President of the United States. She was elected Michigan’s representative to the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2014. In 2015, McDaniel ran for chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, receiving support from both the party establishment and Tea Party activists. At the party’s convention in February, she defeated Norm Hughes and Kim Shmina, receiving 55% of the vote in the first ballot. During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, McDaniel served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention for Donald Trump. Following the 2016 presidential election, McDaniel became a candidate to chair the Republican National Committee. On November 13, 2016, Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, was announced as the new White House Chief of Staff, thereby turning the RNC chairman election into an open seat election. On December 14, 2016, McDaniel was chosen by then president-elect Trump as his recommendation to replace Priebus.
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