Michigan Republican Party
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|Chairman||Ronna Romney McDaniel|
|House Leader||Kevin Cotter|
|Senate Leader||Arlan Meekhof|
|National Committeeman||Rob Steele|
|National Committeewoman||Kathy Berden|
|Founded||July 6, 1854, in Jackson|
|Headquarters||Secchia-Weiser Republican Center, 520 N. Seymour St., Lansing, MI|
|Student wing||Michigan Federation of College Republicans|
|Youth wing||Michigan Young Republicans|
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
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|House of Representatives||
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Ronna Romney McDaniel is the chairman of the party, having been elected in 2015 by delegates to the Republican State Convention, and Jeff Sakwa is co-chairman. Its Republican National Committee members are Rob Steele and Kathy Berden. Its party Vice-Chairs are Administrative Vice-Chair David Wolkinson, Youth Vice-Chair Michael Banerian, Coalitions Vice-Chair Adi Sathi, Outreach Vice-Chair Kelly Mitchell, Grassroots Vice-Chair Wendy Day, and Ethnic Vice-Chair Darwin Jiles Jr.
- 1 History and notable Michigan Republicans
- 2 Current elected Republicans in Michigan
- 3 United States Cabinet Members from Michigan who served under a Republican President
- 4 Michigan Republican State Committee
- 5 Notes
- 6 External links
History and notable Michigan Republicans
The Republican Party was born in the early 1850s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan with David S. Walbridge serving as chairman. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for president of the United States under the "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont" slogan. Even though they were considered a "third party" because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33 percent of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.
Republicans have been elected to the governorship of Michigan in 27 of 48 gubernatorial elections. The first was Kingsley Bingham in 1855 and the most recent is Rick Snyder, who was elected in 2010, and then re-elected in 2014.
Current elected Republicans in Michigan
Members of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
The Republican Party currently holds a 9-5 majority of Michigan's U.S. House delegation:
- First District: Dan Benishek
- Second District: Bill Huizenga
- Third District:Justin Amash
- Fourth District: John Moolenaar
- Sixth District: Fred Upton
- Seventh District: Tim Walberg
- Eighth District: Mike Bishop
- Tenth District: Candice S. Miller
- Eleventh District: Dave Trott
- Governor: Rick Snyder
- Lieutenant Governor: Brian Calley
- Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson
- Attorney General: Bill Schuette.
- The Michigan Senate has a Republican super majority of 27-11 with Arlan Meekhof as majority leader.
- The Michigan House of Representatives has a Republican majority of 64-46 with Kevin Cotter as speaker.
United States Cabinet Members from Michigan who served under a Republican President
The following are in order of Presidential succession.
|Name||Cabinet Position||Years Served||President(s) served under|
|Charles Erwin Wilson||Secretary of Defense||1953-57||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Zachariah Chandler||Secretary of the Interior||1875-77||Ulysses S. Grant|
|Roy Dikeman Chapin||Secretary of Commerce||1932-33||Herbert Hoover|
|Frederick H. Mueller||Secretary of Commerce||1959-61||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Governor George W. Romney||Secretary of Housing and Urban Development||1969-73||Richard Nixon|
|Spencer Abraham||Secretary of Energy||2001-05||George W. Bush|
|Governor Russell A. Alger||Secretary of War obsolete||1897-99||William McKinley|
|Truman H. Newberry||Secretary of the Navy obsolete||1908-09||Theodore Roosevelt|
|Edwin C. Denby||Secretary of the Navy obsolete||1921-24||Warren G. Harding & Calvin Coolidge|
|Arthur E. Summerfield||Postmaster General obsolete||1953-61||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
Michigan Republican State Committee
The Michigan Republican State Committee is the state central committee of the Michigan Republican Party. It is composed of seven members from each of Michigan's fifteen Congressional district Republican committees, the Chairman, Co-Chairman, the various Vice Chairmen of the Party, and the Secretary, Treasurer and General and Financial Counsels. It selects Michigan's two representatives to the Republican National Committee. Additionally, the Chairperson of each County Republican Party organization is a non-voting ex officio member of the State Committee.
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- Ronna Romney - McDaniel - Chairwoman
- Jeff Sakwa - Co-Chairman
- Hank Fuhs - Secretary
- Carl Meyers - Treasurer
- Eric Doster - General Counsel
- David Wolkinson - Administrative Vice-Chair
- Michael Banerian - Youth Vice-Chair
- Adi Sathi - Coalitions Vice-Chair
- Kelly Mitchell - Outreach Vice-Chair
- Wendy Day - Grassroots Vice-Chair
- Darwin Jiles Jr. - Ethnic Vice-Chair
|First District||Second District||Third District||Fourth District||Fifth District|
|Jeff Lamb||Kurt Van Koevering||Kim Yob||Joan Jackson||Lutullus Penton|
|Linda Birgel||Jack Holmes||Mandy Bolter||Florence "Bobbie" Connolly||Prudy Adam|
|Beverly Bodem||Paul Leidig||Andrew Emmitt||Kim Emmons||Amy Carl|
|John Haggard||Janice McCraner||Richard Houskamp||Maxine McClelland||David Krueger|
|John Niemela||Juanita Pierman||Eileen McNeil||Steve Rudoni||Jeremy Clontz|
|Mary Sears||Joan Runnels||William Womer||Eric St. Onge||Christine Young|
|Anthony Stackpoole||Bob Springstead||Sharon Yentsch||Gerald Wall||Allen Pool|
Chairmen of the Michigan Republican State Committee
- William Alanson Howard later became U. S. Representative for the Michigan's 1st congressional district (1855-59), (1860-61) and Governor of Dakota Territory (1878–1880)
- John J. Bagley later served as Governor of Michigan (1873–1877)
- Zachariah Chandler had previously been Mayor of Detroit (1851–1852), U. S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan (1857–1875, 1879) U. S. Secretary of the Interior (1875–77) and simultaneously Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1876-79)
- James McMillan was also a U. S. Senator (Class 2) from Michigan (1889–1902)
- Henry P. Baldwin had previously served as Governor of Michigan (1869–1873) and United States Senator (Class 1) from Michigan (1879–1881)
- Gerrit J. Diekema had also been U. S. Representative for the Michigan's 5th congressional district (1907–1911)
- Alex Groesbeck was later Michigan Attorney General (1917–1920) and Governor of Michigan (1921–1927)
- John R. Dethmers was later Michigan Attorney General (1945–1946)
- Owen Cleary was later Michigan Secretary of State (1953–1954)
- John Feikens is currently Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (since 1986)
- Elly M. Peterson was the first woman to serve as chairman of any official state party.
- E. Spencer Abraham later became U. S. Senator from Michigan (1995—2001) and U. S. Secretary of Energy (2001–2005)
- Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos is the wife of 2006 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos
- Gerald "Rusty" Hills is currently the spokesman for Michigan Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette.
- Ron Weiser is a former United States Ambassador to Slovakia, appointed by George W. Bush in November 2001 and served until December 2004.