Ronna McDaniel

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Ronna 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 45)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patrick McDaniel
Children 2
Parents Scott Romney (father)
Ronna Romney (née Stern; mother)
Relatives See Romney family
Education Brigham Young University (BA)

Ronna Romney McDaniel (born January 19, 1973) is the current Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and a former Chair of the Michigan Republican Party. McDaniel is the granddaughter of two-term Michigan governor and Nixon administration cabinet member George W. Romney, and niece of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Early life and education

She is the third of five children born to Ronna Stern Romney and Scott Romney, the older brother of Mitt Romney. She was born in Austin, Texas[1] and attended Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,[2] and Brigham Young University.[3]


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.[4]

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.[4]

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.[5][4]

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, McDaniel served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention for Donald Trump.[5] Following the 2016 presidential election, McDaniel became a candidate to chair the Republican National Committee.[6]

RNC chair

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.[7]

On December 14, 2016, McDaniel was chosen by then president-elect Trump as his recommendation to replace Priebus.[8] 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.[9] According to the Washington Post, Trump requested that she stop using her maiden name, and McDaniel now does not use it in official communications.[10]

Politico reported that after President Trump endorsed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore just days before the special Alabama Senate election, the White House influenced McDaniel to resume RNC funding for Moore, who lost in a narrow election to Democrat Doug Jones on December 12, 2017.[11]

In October 2017 after Harvey Weinstein, a major donor to the Democratic Party, was accused of sexual abuse, McDaniel said that "returning Weinstein's dirty money should be a no-brainer". In January 2018, Steve Wynn resigned as RNC finance chairman after he was accused of sexual misconduct and McDaniel came under pressure to return his donations. McDaniel said that that Wynn should be allowed "due process" and that his donations would only be returned after the allegations were investigated by the Wynn Resorts board of directors.[12][13][14]

Personal life

McDaniel and her husband, Patrick McDaniel, have two children.[2] They live in Northville, Michigan.[3]


  1. ^ "Latest Romney in politics is not a candidate". 
  2. ^ a b Cain, Carol (August 23, 2015). "Latest Romney in politics is not a candidate". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c Egan, Paul (February 21, 2015). "Ronna Romney McDaniel elected Michigan's GOP chair". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Spangler, Todd; Gray, Kathleen (July 20, 2016). "Romney McDaniel navigates being Mitt's niece, Trump's delegate". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Trump considering Ronna Romney McDaniel for post". The Detroit News. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ Goldmacher, Shane; Cheney, Kyle (November 14, 2016). "Short list emerges for RNC chair". Politico. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd (December 14, 2016). "Trump names Michigan's Ronna Romney McDaniel RNC chair". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ Nelson, Louis (January 19, 2017). "Ronna Romney McDaniel tapped to be new RNC chair". Politico. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ Scherer, Michael; Dawsey, Josh (December 8, 2017). "Trump calls Romney 'a great man,' but works to undermine him and block Senate run". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Eliana; Isenstadt, Alex (December 11, 2017). "How Trump came around to an accused child molester". Politico. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  12. ^ "RNC chair says group will return Steve Wynn's donations if allegations are true". The Guardian. 30 January 2018. 
  13. ^ Sommer, Will (30 January 2018). "RNC will keep Wynn money until outside investigation is complete". TheHill. 
  14. ^ Blake, Aaron (30 January 2018). "Analysis | Republicans draw a very fine line between Steve Wynn and Harvey Weinstein, while keeping Wynn's money". Washington Post. 

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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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