2017 Republican National Committee chairmanship election

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Republican National Committee chairmanship election, 2017
← 2015 January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)
Candidate Ronna Romney McDaniel
Caucus vote 168
Percentage 100.0%

Chairman before election

Reince Priebus

Elected Chairman

Ronna Romney McDaniel

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.


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.


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
70px 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]
70px 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]
70px Carly Fiorina Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, 2016 presidential candidate[5]
70px Robert Graham Businessman and Chair of the Arizona Republican Party[3]
70px Corey Lewandowski Former Trump campaign manager[5]
70px 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]
70px 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]


  1. "Trump to choose Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead RNC". The Hill. December 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/12/michigan_gop_chair_ronna_romne.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "Short list emerges for RNC chair". Politico. November 14, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Chris Christie won't say why he met with Donald Trump". Asbury Park Press. November 22, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Corey Lewandowski and Carly Fiorina Eyed to Head RNC". Newsmax. November 11, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "GOP activists put Cuban-American, Fox analyst at front for RNC chair". Washington Examiner. December 2, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>