The Republican National Committee’s 168 members will not officially vote for their next leader until their January meeting, but they have already been given the person to succeed the outgoing Reince Priebus.
After receiving president-elect Trump’s endorsement, the RNC is set to name Ronna Romney McDaniel to be party chair.
Current RNC chairman Reince Priebus lobbied Trump heavily to pick her. She is the Michigan GOP chairwoman and Priebus credited her with the president-elect becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win 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 in a Wednesday statement. “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.”
McDaniel will replace Priebus as he moves on to become Trump’s White House chief of staff.
GOP strategist Bob Paduchik was also named co-chairman of the RNC.