WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee has selected a Michigan woman to lead the party.
Ronna Romney McDaniel, who is not considered particularly well-known outside of her home state, was elected Thursday to serve as RNC chairman. Committee members from across the nation are gathered in Washington on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
McDaniel was Trump’s preferred choice. She’s also the niece of prominent Trump critic, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney. She had previously served as the Michigan GOP chairman. She helped deliver a win in the state that proved critical to Trump’s election. She also earned credit with Trump by supporting him despite pointed criticism from her famous uncle.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder last month publicly supported McDaniel as the party’s national leader.
McDaniel’s election comes as the GOP works to improve its standing with women and minorities. The vast majority of Trump’s Cabinet and senior staff are white men.
McDaniel has been a guest on WDET’s Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson program. Click on the links below to hear the conversations with her:
A Two-Year Retrospective on the Success or Failure of the GOP’s Detroit Field Office, broadcast Nov. 15, 2015
Michigan GOP on Republican Presidential Candidates, broadcast July 8, 2015
How Are Republicans and Democrats Working Together for Michigan?, broadcast May 27, 2015
Timeline compiled by WDET Intern Gabrielle Settles.