Michigan Republican Party
|Lieutenant Governor||Brian Calley|
|Speaker of the House||Tom Leonard|
|Senate Majority Leader||Arlan Meekhof|
|National Committeepersons||Rob Steele, Kathy Berden|
|Founded||July 6, 1854 , in Jackson, Michigan|
|Headquarters||Secchia-Weiser Republican Center, 520 N. Seymour St., Lansing, Michigan|
|Student wing||Michigan Federation of College Republicans|
Michigan Young Republicans|
Michigan Teen Age Republicans
|Women's wing||Republican Women's Federation of Michigan|
• Economic liberalism
• Social conservatism
• Right-wing populism
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
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|House of Representatives||
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The Michigan Republican Party is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party in Michigan. It is sometimes referred to as MIGOP, which simply means Michigan Grand Old Party. Former United States Ambassador to Slovakia Ronald Weiser is the current Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
The Michigan Republican Party hosts a biennial political conference at the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel called the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. The event features notable national Republicans, Senators, Governors, and presidential candidates.
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.
Following the 2016 election and Reince Priebus' selection to be White House Chief of Staff, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel became Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. Then President-elect Trump recommended McDaniel in December 2016 to replace Priebus. 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.
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:
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|
|Betsy DeVos||Secretary of Education||2017-||Donald Trump|
|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.
- Ron Weiser - Chairman
- Amanda Van Essen Wirth - Co-Chair
- Kathy Berden - National Committeewoman
- Dr. Rob Steele - National Committeeman
- Gerry Hildenbrand - Administrative Vice Chair
- Kevin Tatulyan - Coalitions Vice Chair
- Terris Todd - Ethnic Vice Chair
- Mark Gurley - Grassroots Vice Chair
- Benjamin J. Soltis - Outreach Vice Chair
- Michael Banerian - Youth 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
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- 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.