Michigan Republican Party

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Michigan Republican Party
Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel
House Leader Kevin Cotter
Senate Leader Arlan Meekhof
National Committeeman Dave Agema
National Committeewoman Kathy Berden
Founded 1854
Headquarters Secchia-Weiser Republican Center, 520 N. Seymour St., Lansing, MI
Student wing Michigan Federation of College Republicans
Youth wing Michigan Young Republicans
Ideology Conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism Economic liberalism
National affiliation Republican Party
Colors Red
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House of Representatives
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U.S. Senate
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U.S. House of Representatives
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The Michigan Republican Party is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party in Michigan. It is sometimes referred to as MIGOP, which simply means Michigan Grand Old Party.

Ronna Romney McDaniel is the chairman of the party, having been elected in 2015 by delegates to the Republican State Convention, and Jeff Sakwa is co-chairman.[1] Its Republican National Committee members are Dave Agema and Kathy Berden. Its party Vice-Chairs are Administrative Vice-Chair David Wolkinson, Youth Vice-Chair Michael Banerian, Coalitions Vice-Chair Adi Sathi, Outreach Vice-Chair Kelly Mitchell, Grassroots Vice-Chair Wendy Day, and Ethnic Vice-Chair Darwin Jiles Jr.

History and notable Michigan Republicans

The Republican Party was born in the early 1850s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan with David S. Walbridge serving as chairman. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.

In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for president of the United States under the "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont" slogan. Even though they were considered a "third party" because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33 percent of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.

Republicans have been elected to the governorship of Michigan in 27 of 48 gubernatorial elections. The first was Kingsley Bingham in 1855 and the most recent is Rick Snyder, who was elected in 2010, and then re-elected in 2014.

Current elected Republicans in Michigan

Members of Congress

U.S. House of Representatives

The Republican Party currently holds a 9-5 majority of Michigan's U.S. House delegation:


Michigan Legislature

United States Cabinet Members from Michigan who served under a Republican President

The following are in order of Presidential succession.

Charles Wilson, nicknamed "Engine Charlie", was formerly CEO of GM
Name Cabinet Position Years Served President(s) served under
Charles Erwin Wilson Secretary of Defense 1953-57 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Zachariah Chandler Secretary of the Interior 1875-77 Ulysses S. Grant
Roy Dikeman Chapin Secretary of Commerce 1932-33 Herbert Hoover
Frederick H. Mueller Secretary of Commerce 1959-61 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Governor George W. Romney Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 1969-73 Richard Nixon
Spencer Abraham Secretary of Energy 2001-05 George W. Bush
Governor Russell A. Alger Secretary of War obsolete 1897-99 William McKinley
Truman H. Newberry Secretary of the Navy obsolete 1908-09 Theodore Roosevelt
Edwin C. Denby Secretary of the Navy obsolete 1921-24 Warren G. Harding & Calvin Coolidge
Arthur E. Summerfield Postmaster General obsolete 1953-61 Dwight D. Eisenhower

Michigan Republican State Committee

The Michigan Republican State Committee is the state central committee of the Michigan Republican Party. It is composed of seven members from each of Michigan's fifteen Congressional district Republican committees, the Chairman, Co-Chairman, the various Vice Chairmen of the Party, and the Secretary, Treasurer and General and Financial Counsels. It selects Michigan's two representatives to the Republican National Committee. Additionally, the Chairperson of each County Republican Party organization is a non-voting ex officio member of the State Committee.

Current members

  • Ronna Romney - McDaniel - Chairwoman
  • Jeff Sakwa - Co-Chairman
  • Hank Fuhs - Secretary
  • Carl Meyers - Treasurer
  • Eric Doster - General Counsel
  • David Wolkinson - Administrative Vice-Chair
  • Michael Banerian - Youth Vice-Chair
  • Adi Sathi - Coalitions Vice-Chair
  • Kelly Mitchell - Outreach Vice-Chair
  • Wendy Day - Grassroots Vice-Chair
  • Darwin Jiles Jr. - Ethnic Vice-Chair
First District Second District Third District Fourth District Fifth District
Jeff Lamb Kurt Van Koevering Kim Yob Joan Jackson Lutullus Penton
Linda Birgel Jack Holmes Mandy Bolter Florence "Bobbie" Connolly Prudy Adam
Beverly Bodem Paul Leidig Andrew Emmitt Kim Emmons Amy Carl
John Haggard Janice McCraner Richard Houskamp Maxine McClelland David Krueger
John Niemela Juanita Pierman Eileen McNeil Steve Rudoni Jeremy Clontz
Mary Sears Joan Runnels William Womer Eric St. Onge Christine Young
Anthony Stackpoole Bob Springstead Sharon Yentsch Gerald Wall Allen Pool

Chairmen of the Michigan Republican State Committee

Henry P. Baldwin is the only former Governor to become party chairman. Bagley and Groesbeck had not been Governor yet.
Name Residence Years Served
Joseph Warren Detroit 1854–1855
James M. Edmunds Detroit 1855–1861
E.C. Walker Detroit 1861–1862
William Alanson Howard[2] Detroit 1862–1868
Governor John J. Bagley[3] Detroit 1868–1870
Stephen D. Bingham Lansing 1870–1878
George H. Hopkins Detroit 1878
Zachariah Chandler[4] Detroit 1878–1879
James McMillan[5] Detroit 1879–1880
Governor Henry P. Baldwin[6] Detroit 1880–1882
Edward S. Lacey Charlotte 1882–1884
Philip T. Van Zile Charlotte 1884–1886
James McMillan Detroit 1886–1888
George H. Hopkins Detroit 1888–1890
James McMillan Detroit 1890–1896
Dexter M. Ferry Detroit 1896–1898
Arthur M. Marsh Allegan 1898–1900
Gerrit J. Diekema[7] Holland 1900–1910
W.F. Knox Sault Ste. Marie 1910–1912
Governor Alex Groesbeck[8] Detroit 1912–1914
Gilman M. Dame Northport 1914–1916
John D. Magnum Marquette 1916–1919
Burt D. Cady Port Huron 1919–1925
Kennedy L. Potter Jackson 1925–1927
Gerrit J. Diekema Holland 1927–1929
Howard C. Lawrence Ionia and Saginaw 1929–1937
James F. Thomson Jackson 1937–1940
Leslie B. Butler Lansing 1940–1942
John R. Dethmers[9] Holland 1942–1945
John A. Wagner Battle Creek 1945–1949
Owen Cleary[10] Ypsilanti 1949–1953
John Feikens[11] Detroit 1953–1957
Lawrence Lindemer Stockbridge 1957–1961
George Van Peursem Zeeland 1961–1963
Arthur G. Elliott, Jr. Birmingham 1963–1965
Elly M. Peterson[12] Charlotte 1965–1969
William F. McLaughlin Northville 1969–1979
Melvin L. Larson Oxford 1979–1983
E. Spencer Abraham[13] East Lansing 1983–1991
David J. Doyle Okemos 1991–1995
Susy Heintz (Avery) Clinton Township 1995–1996
Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos[14] Grand Rapids 1996–2000
Gerald "Rusty" Hills[15] East Lansing 2000–2003
Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos Grand Rapids 2003–2005
Saulius "Saul" Anuzis Lansing 2005–2009
Ron Weiser[16] Ann Arbor 2009–2011
Robert "Bobby" Schostak Oakland County 2011–2015
Ronna Romney McDaniel Northville 2015–Present


  1. http://www.migop.org/news.asp?artid=221
  2. William Alanson Howard later became U. S. Representative for the Michigan's 1st congressional district (1855-59), (1860-61) and Governor of Dakota Territory (1878–1880)
  3. John J. Bagley later served as Governor of Michigan (1873–1877)
  4. Zachariah Chandler had previously been Mayor of Detroit (1851–1852), U. S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan (1857–1875, 1879) U. S. Secretary of the Interior (1875–77) and simultaneously Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1876-79)
  5. James McMillan was also a U. S. Senator (Class 2) from Michigan (1889–1902)
  6. Henry P. Baldwin had previously served as Governor of Michigan (1869–1873) and United States Senator (Class 1) from Michigan (1879–1881)
  7. Gerrit J. Diekema had also been U. S. Representative for the Michigan's 5th congressional district (1907–1911)
  8. Alex Groesbeck was later Michigan Attorney General (1917–1920) and Governor of Michigan (1921–1927)
  9. John R. Dethmers was later Michigan Attorney General (1945–1946)
  10. Owen Cleary was later Michigan Secretary of State (1953–1954)
  11. John Feikens is currently Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (since 1986)
  12. Elly M. Peterson was the first woman to serve as chairman of any official state party.
  13. E. Spencer Abraham later became U. S. Senator from Michigan (1995—2001) and U. S. Secretary of Energy (2001–2005)
  14. Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos is the wife of 2006 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos
  15. Gerald "Rusty" Hills is currently the spokesman for Michigan Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette.
  16. Ron Weiser is a former United States Ambassador to Slovakia, appointed by George W. Bush in November 2001 and served until December 2004.

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