Michigan Republican Party chair Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected today as the new chair of the national Republican Party. McDaniel succeeds pro-life former RNC chairman Reince Priebus who is now chief of staff for President elect Donald Trump.
McDaniel is pro-life on abortion and says that her own experience having difficulty having a baby enhanced her pro-life views. When she finally became pregnant, McDaniel described her unborn child as “life inside of me.”
Ask if she is pro-life, McDaniel previously said: “[I am] Pro-life [with the] exception for Life of the mother. I had an extremely difficult time conceiving my first child. The emotional toll that took on me and my husband was difficult to bear as each pregnancy test came back negative. I will never forget the joy I felt the moment I learned I had life inside me.”
She also says she favors repealing Obamacare, the pro-abortion government-run health care scheme.
“Repealed. Period. I speak regularly with small business owners in my area who are frightened about the ramifications of Obamacare once the employer mandate does kick in. Many will be forced to cut hours for their employees or cut jobs altogether,” McDaniel has said.
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McDaniel also favors keeping the current Republican Party platform, which is pro-life on abortion.
“I would keep the platform as is. One of my main priorities … will be to promote and communicate our platform. I have had experience with media in the past and I think that experience will help me be an effective spokesperson for our party, our platform and our candidates,” she said.
Priebus gave McDaniel a strong endorsement in his final address to the committee, calling McDaniel “the right woman to lead the RNC” and pointed to her ability to turn Michigan red in the election.
“It is that level of passion, along with her commitment to building out the ground, data, and digital operation the RNC has been working on for years, that gives me total confidence she is the right woman to lead the RNC,” he said.
In Michigan, McDaniel led the effort to win Michigan for Donald J. Trump, the first Republican Presidential candidate to win Michigan in 28 years since 1988. Ronna McDaniel had unprecedented victories in the 2016 Presidential election, defending all 9 GOP Congressional seats, maintaining a 63 State House majority, re-electing both State Supreme Court justices, and capturing 5 of 8 Education board seats, while winning several county and municipal races. Just like President-elect Donald J. Trump, Ronna kept winning.
Ronna was also the chair of the Michigan Delegation at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland where she served as a delegate for Donald J. Trump for President.
In February 2014, Ronna was elected the Republican National Committeewoman from Michigan. Ronna has served as a Precinct Delegate, as a District Committee Executive Member, and RNC Committeewoman in Michigan. In 2013, she served as Co-Chair for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
She received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Ronna is married to Patrick McDaniel and has two children, Abigail and Nash.