RNC announces Romney McDaniel to head RNC

RNC announces Romney McDaniel to head RNC
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) has named Ronna Romney McDaniel as its next chairwoman.

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE praised Romney, the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, as a "highly effective leader." 

"I look forward to her serving as the Party’s Chairman in 2017," Trump said in a statement Wednesday. 

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“Ronna has been extremely loyal to our movement and her efforts were critical to our tremendous victory in Michigan, and I know she will bring the same passion to the Republican National Committee.”

Romney was the favored choice of current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who will leave his post to fill the role as Trump's White House chief of staff. 

In a statement, Priebus credited Romney with Trump's winning Michigan. Trump was the first GOP presidential candidate to take the state since George H. W. Bush.

“Ronna has been a committed leader in our Party for years, and her leadership this cycle in helping President-elect Trump turn Michigan red for the first time since 1988 makes her an exceptional choice to serve as Deputy Chair,” Priebus said. 

“Ronna is an outstanding fundraiser, and her ability to drive support for our mission of electing Republicans up and down the ballot gives me full confidence that she will be able to continue building on the RNC’s success and organizational strength as we head into important elections in 2017 and 2018.”

The RNC's 168 members will officially vote on McDaniel at their January meeting. 

The RNC also named longtime GOP strategist Bob Paduchik as the co-chairman of the party. 

Paduchik led Trump's campaign in Ohio.

Stephen Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, praised the decisions. 

“I am excited to see Ronna McDaniel as RNC Deputy Chair and Bob Paduchik as Deputy Co-Chair,” he said in a statement. 

“Ronna and Bob were completely committed to President-elect’s Trump’s success in this campaign, and they are going to keep up the enthusiasm for our America First agenda as they fulfill the RNC’s mission of helping our Republican candidates to victory at all levels.”