Ronna Romney McDaniel is an American political strategist serving as Chair of the Republican National Committee since 2017. She is a granddaughter of Michigan Governor and businessman George W. Romney and niece of U.S. Senator Mitt Romney. McDaniel was elected Michigan’s representative to the GOP in 2014. She has been known for her prolific fundraising and staunch support for President Donald Trump.
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Ronna Romney McDaniel is an American political strategist serving as Chair of the Republican National Committee since 2017. She is a granddaughter of Michigan Governor and businessman George W. Romney and niece of U.S. Senator Mitt Romney. McDaniel was elected Michigan’s representative to the GOP in 2014. She was an early supporter of Donald Trump and served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention. She worked in Michigan for her uncle Mitt’s 2012 campaign for President of the United States. Under her leadership, the RNC ran ads for Trump’s 2020 campaign as early as 2018, put numerous Trump campaign workers and affiliates on the RNC payroll, spent considerable funds at Trump-owned properties, covered his legal fees in the Russian interference investigation, hosted Trump’s Fake News Awards, and harshly criticizing Trump critics within the Republican Party. She has been known for her prolific fundraising and staunch support for President Donald Trump. In October 2017 after Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual abuse, McDaniel said that returning Weinstein’s money should be a no-brainer. In April 2018 McDaniel praised Trump as a “moral leader” and said that those who do not embrace Trump’s agenda “will be making a mistake” She is the third of five children born to Ronna Stern Romney and Scott Romney, the older brother of Mitt Romney, and is a graduate of Brigham Young University.
She attended Lahser High School in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan and earned an undergraduate degree in English from Brigham young University. Her mother ran for the U. S. Senate in 1996 against Carl Levin, and was a delegate for the 1988 Republican National convention. Her grandmother, Lenore Romney, ran forThe U. S. Senate in 1970. She received 55% of the vote in the first ballot at the Michigan Republican Party’s convention in February 2015, and succeeded Bobby Schostak as chairwoman and stepped down from her position at the RNC. She served as deputy chair before her formal election. On December 14, 2016, Mc Daniel was chosen by then president-elect Trump as his recommendation to replace Reince Priebus as RNC chair. On January 19, 2017, she was officially elected as RNC Chair, becoming the second woman in RNC history to hold the post. She denies that Trump pressured her to change her maiden name, and McDaniel subsequently did not use it in official communications. She had activist Wendy Day removed from her party position as grassroots vice-chair due to her refusal to support Trump.