Republican National Committee

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Republican National Committee
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Template:RNC newsThe 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. The current chairman is Mike Duncan. Similar committees exist in every U.S. state and most counties, although in some states party organization is structured by congressional district, allied campaign organizations being governed by a national committee.


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

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

Campaign contributions


State Candidates


In 2009, Republican National Committee contributed a total of $174,340 to the campaigns of state house candidates. It was the 8th largest contributor to state delegate campaigns overall.

The top 5 recipients of campaign contributions from the Republican National Committee in 2009 were:[2]

Candidate Amount Result
Republican Party Jon Bramnick, State Delegate $8,200 Approveda
Republican Party John DiMaio, State Delegate $8,175 Approveda
Republican Party Joseph Malone, III, State Delegate $8,175 Approveda
Republican Party Scott Rumana, State Delegate $8,175 Approveda
Republican Party Gary Chiusano, State Delegate $8,150 Approveda

Accusations of voter supression


  • 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.[3]

External links


Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.


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