Michigan GOP chair picked to lead national party
WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is asking Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel to serve as national party chairwoman, in part as a reward for delivering Michigan for the GOP for the first time in 28 years.
The choice of McDaniel to serve as Republican National Committee chairwoman was confirmed Tuesday night by a person familiar with Trump's decision. The person asked for anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made.
McDaniel is the niece of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. She supported Trump after he won the party's 2016 nomination despite her famous uncle's sharp criticism.
McDaniel would become the second woman to serve as RNC chairwoman, and the first in 40 years.
Trump's decision marks a key victory for outgoing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who supported McDaniel for the job.