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Republican National Committee
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Chairman:Reince Priebus
The Republican National Committee (RNC) provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. It is also responsible for organizing and running the Republican National Convention every four years. The current chairman is Reince Priebus.


The 1856 Republican National Convention appointed the first RNC. It consisted of one member from each state and territory who served for four years. Each national convention since then has had one representative per state or territory, regardless of population. From 1924 to 1952, there was one national committee person from each state and U.S. territory, and from Washington, D.C. In 1952, committee membership was expanded to include the state party chairs of states that had voted Republican in the preceding presidential election, had a Republican majority in their congressional delegations or had Republican governors. By 1968, membership reached 145. The only person to have chaired the RNC and later become president of the United States is George H.W. Bush. A number of the chairs of the RNC went on to become state governors.

2014 elections


In a memo released in October 2013, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer outlined the strategy the organization would be taking in the 2014 midterm elections. Excerpts included:

  • "The lesson from 2012 is we must have a permanent ground game. We must engage with voters year-round in their communities, especially in Hispanic, African American and Asian Pacific communities."
    • In their first radio ads of the 2014 cycle, the organization ran Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean versions.[1]
  • "So, while in the past, we may have measured the RNC’s success by the amount of cash we had piled up three months before Election Day, that will no longer be the case. We’re investing that money now and will continue to do so."[2]

January 2014 ad

The RNC released their first radio ads of the 2014 cycle in early January. Following the lead of other conservative organizations targeting vulnerable Democrats over the issue of the Affordable Care Act, the ads used the following template:

"President Obama and [Senator/Representative] said if you like your insurance plan you can keep it under Obamacare. They lied to you. 2014 is your chance to hold [Senator/Representative] accountable. Tell him this is one New Year’s resolution you’re sticking to."[3]

Clinton documentary

Vote to ban NBC, CNN from debates

On August 16, 2013, the RNC voted unanimously to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates unless the networks killed their planned films on Hillary Clinton.[4]

“We don't have time for the media's games,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said before the vote at the 2013 RNC summer meeting in Boston, “We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets.”[4]

The RNC called the planned films “political favoritism” and accused NBC and CNN of airing “programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton.” The networks both cancelled their planned documentaries.[4]

Chairpersons of the Republican National Committee




Edwin D. Morgan 1856-1864 New York
Henry J. Raymond 1864-1866 New York
Marcus L. Ward 1866-1868 New Jersey
William Claflin 1868-1872 Massachusetts
Edwin D. Morgan 1872-1876 New York
Zachariah Chandler 1876-1879 Michigan
J. Donald Cameron 1879-1880 Pennsylvania
Marshall Jewell 1880-1883 Connecticut
Dwight M. Sabin 1883-1884 Minnesota
B. F. Jones 1887-1888 New Jersey
Matthew S. Quay 1888-1891 Pennsylvania
James S. Clarkson 1891-1892 Iowa
Thomas H. Carter 1892-1896 Montana
Marcus A. Hanna 1896-1904 Ohio
Henry Clay Payne 1904 Wisconsin
George Bruce Cortelyou 1904-1907 New York
Harry S. New 1907-1908 Indiana
Frank Harris Hitchcock 1908-1909 Ohio
John Fremont Hill 1910-1912 Maine
Victor Rosewater 1912 Nebraska
Charles D. Hilles 1912-1916 New York
Will H. Hays 1918-1921 Indiana
John T. Adams 1921-1924 Iowa
William M. Butler 1925 Massachusetts
Hubert Work 1928-1929 Colorado
Claudius H. Huston 1929-1930 Tennessee
Simeon D. Fess 1931 Ohio
Everett Sanders 1932-1934 Indiana
Henry P. Fletcher 1934-1936 Pennsylvania
John Hamilton 1936-1937 Kansas
Joseph W. Martin, Jr. 1940-1942 Massachusetts
Bailey Walsh 1942 Tennessee
Harrison E. Spangler 1942-1944 Iowa
Herbert Brownell, Jr. 1944-1946 New York
Carroll Reece 1946-1948 Tennessee
Hugh D. Scott, Jr. 1948-1949 Pennsylvania
Guy G. Gabrielson 1949-1952 New Jersey
Arthur E. Summerfield 1952-1953 Michigan
Wesley Roberts 1953 Kansas
Leonard W. Hall 1953-1957 New York
Meade Alcorn 1957-1959 Connecticut
Thruston B. Morton 1959-1961 Kentucky
William E. Miller 1961-1964 New York
Dean Burch 1964-1965 Arizona
Ray C. Bliss 1965-1969 Ohio
Rogers C. B. Morton 1969-1971 Maryland
Robert Dole 1971-1973 Kansas
George H. W. Bush 1973-1974 Texas
Mary Louise Smith 1974-1977 Iowa
William E. Brock III 1977-1981 Tennessee
Richard Richards 1981-1983 Utah
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. 1983-1989 Nevada
Lee Atwater 1989-1991 South Carolina
Clayton Keith Yeutter 1991-1992 Nebraska
Richard Bond 1992-1993 Missouri
Haley Barbour 1993-1997 Mississippi
Jim Nicholson 1997-2001 Colorado
Jim Gilmore 2001-2002 Virginia
Marc Racicot 2002-2003 Montana
Ed Gillespie 2003-2005 Virginia
Ken Mehlman 2005-2007 Washington, D.C.
Mike Duncan 2007-2009 Kentucky
Michael Steele 2009-2011 Maryland
Reince Priebus 2011-present Wisconsin

Accusations of voter suppression


  • CA: The California Republican Party and its 2006 voter registration efforts were accused of repeat-registrations and accused of vote fraud while registering 700,000 new voters in 2006.[6]

External links


Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.


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