Ronna Romney McDaniel

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Ronna Romney McDaniel
Chair of the Republican National Committee
Assumed office
January 19, 2017
Preceded by Reince Priebus
Chair of the Michigan Republican Party
In office
February 21, 2015 – January 19, 2017
Preceded by Bobby Schostak
Succeeded by Ron Weiser
Personal details
Born Ronna Romney
(1973-01-19) January 19, 1973 (age 44)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patrick McDaniel
Children 2
Parents Scott Romney (Father)
Ronna Stern (Mother)
Relatives Mitt Romney (Uncle)
George W. Romney (Grandfather)
Lenore LaFount (Grandmother)
Education Brigham Young University (BA)

Ronna Romney McDaniel (born January 19, 1973)[citation needed] is an American political operative. A member of the Republican Party, she is the current chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, and former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. A third generation politician, McDaniel is the granddaughter of George W. Romney and the niece of Mitt Romney.

Early life and education

She is the third of five children born to Ronna Stern Romney and Scott Romney, the brother of Mitt Romney. She attended Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,[1] and Brigham Young University.[2]


McDaniel worked for SRCP Media as a production manager. She also worked for the production company Mills James as a business manager and as a manager at the staffing firm Ajilon.[3]

McDaniel worked in Michigan for her uncle Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign for President of the United States. She was elected Michigan's representative to the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2014.[3]

In 2015, McDaniel ran for chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, receiving support from both the party establishment and Tea Party activists. At the party's convention in February, she defeated Norm Hughes and Kim Shmina, receiving 55% of the vote in the first ballot. She succeeded Bobby Schostak as chairwoman and stepped down from her position at the RNC.[4][3]

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, McDaniel served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention for Donald Trump.[4] Following the 2016 presidential election, McDaniel became a candidate to chair the Republican National Committee.[5]

On November 13, 2016, Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, was announced as the new White House Chief of Staff, thereby turning the RNC chairman election into an open seat election. Soon afterward, several candidates were reported as likely to seek the position, including McDaniel.[6]

On December 14, 2016, McDaniel was chosen by then president-elect Trump as his recommendation to replace Priebus.[7] She was officially elected as RNC chair on January 19, 2017, becoming the second woman to hold the post in RNC history, after Mary Louise Smith.[8]

Personal life

McDaniel and her husband, Patrick McDaniel, have two children.[1] They live in Northville, Michigan.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Latest Romney in politics is not a candidate". Detroit Free Press. August 23, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Kelsey, Nancy (March 7, 2012). "Q&A With Northville Resident Ronna Romney McDaniel: Mitt Romney's niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, spearheaded his campaign in Michigan". Northville Patch. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Egan, Paul (February 21, 2015). "Ronna Romney McDaniel elected Michigan's GOP chair". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Romney McDaniel navigates being Mitt's niece, Trump's delegate". Detroit Free Press. July 20, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Trump considering Ronna Romney McDaniel for post". The Detroit News. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Short list emerges for RNC chair". Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Trump names Michigan's Ronna Romney McDaniel RNC chair". Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ronna Romney McDaniel tapped to be new RNC chair". Retrieved January 19, 2017. 

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Preceded by
Bobby Schostak
Chair of the Michigan Republican Party
Succeeded by
Ron Weiser
Preceded by
Reince Priebus
Chair of the Republican National Committee
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