Saul Anuzis

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Saul Anuzis
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Chair of the Michigan Republican Party
In office
2005–2009
Preceded byBetsy DeVos
Succeeded byRonald Weiser
Personal details
Born
Saulius Anuzis

(1959-03-06) March 6, 1959 (age 61)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lina (née Alksninis)
Children4
Alma materUniversity of Michigan,
Dearborn

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis (born March 6, 1959) is the president of the 60 Plus Association and a Republican Party politician from the U.S. State of Michigan. He was chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005–2009 and was also a candidate for national chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009 and 2011.

Early life[edit]

Anuzis was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Lithuanian immigrants, Ceslovas and Elena Anuzis. He attended Bishop Borgess High School and studied economics at the University of Michigan–Dearborn campus. He was the first chairman of the College Republican club on campus.

Personal life[edit]

Anuzis is married to Lina (née Alksninis) and they have four sons, Matas, Tadas, Vytis, and Marius. Anuzis and his family reside in Eaton County.

He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Export Development Authority. He is honorary consul to Michigan for the Republic of Lithuania.

Anuzis's parents, Ceslovas and Elena Anuzis, and paternal grandparents, Ignas and Elena Anuzis, received the Righteous Among the Nations award from Israel's national Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, for helping three young girls escape from a Jewish ghetto and make their way from Lithuania to Estonia during World War II. One of those girls, now grown, nominated them for the award.

Career[edit]

In 1980, Anuzis was elected as the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention. He was elected third vice chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in 1981. Anuzis was a member of the Michigan Republican Party's state committee.

Anuzis managed Dick Posthumus's first state Senate race in 1982 and then worked closely with Posthumus throughout his career in Michigan politics, including running his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2002. During that time, Anuzis worked for the House Republican Campaign Committee, the Senate Republican Campaign Committee and as chief of staff to then-Senate Majority Leader Posthumus.

In 1990, Anuzis and partner Bruce Yuille founded Coast to Coast Telecommunications. They later sold that business in 2000-2001 when Anuzis and Yuille then co-founded Quick Connect USA.

In 2018, Anuzis was appointed President of 60 Plus, a conservative advocacy group.

On February 5, 2005, Anuzis was elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. He was re-elected to a second term February 10, 2007. Anuzis ran unsuccessfully for chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009 and 2011.[1][2]

Anuzis was elected to fill a vacancy in 2011 to the Republican National Committee as Michigan's National Committeeman. Anuzis was defeated for re-election to the Republican National Committee in 2012 by Dave Agema, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives who was largely backed by tea party activists in the Michigan Republican Party.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Betsy DeVos
Chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Ronald Weiser