Michigan GOP chair slated to head RNC after Trump endorsement

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 1:58pm

Ronna Romney McDaniel, Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, is slated to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Republican National Committee, national news outlets reported Tuesday.

McDaniel emerged as a frontrunner for the job after she worked to help Trump secure a victory in Michigan, flipping the state for a Republican presidential nominee for the first time since 1988. McDaniel will replace current RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who was chosen to be White House chief of staff.

Trump praised McDaniel’s efforts to turn Michigan red at his victory rally in Grand Rapids Friday.

“What a great job,” Trump said. “You and your people have done an incredible job. I was very impressed with you. She didn't sleep for about six months, I will tell you that.”

Only one other woman, Mary Louise Smith from 1974 to 1977, has served as chair of the RNC. Members of the RNC will later to vote the confirm McDaniel as chairwoman, but Trump’s endorsement will most likely secure her the position, as the incoming president traditionally nominates the next chair of the party.

In November, the Associated Press reported McDaniel would seek to be re-elected chairwoman of the Michigan GOP but remained open to the RNC position.

"I'll be interested in whatever Mr. Trump wants," McDaniel said.

McDaniel is also the niece of Mitt Romney, who was an outspoken critic of Trump during the primaries, but later appeared to be in contention for the secretary of state position before Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson was announced as Trump’s pick on Monday