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Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Assumed office
January 20, 2011
Preceded by Michael Steele
Personal details
Born Reinhold Richard Priebus
(1972-03-18) March 18, 1972
Dover, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sally Priebus
Children 2
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
University of Miami
Religion Greek Orthodoxy[1]

Reinhold Richard "Reince" Priebus[2] (Listen ;[3] born March 18, 1972) is an American attorney and politician who is currently the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

He had previously served as RNC general counsel, and is the former chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, where he is credited with helping to bring nationally known figures such as congressman Paul Ryan and governor Scott Walker into power on the state level, and into prominence on the national stage.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • RNC chairman 2.1
      • 2011 election 2.1.1
      • First term 2.1.2
      • 2013 election 2.1.3
      • Second term 2.1.4
      • 2015 election 2.1.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life and education

Priebus was born in Dover, New Jersey, and grew up in Netcong, New Jersey, until his family moved to Wisconsin when he was seven.[4] His father is a former union electrician and his mother a real estate agent. Some sources identify his parents as Roula and Dimitra,[5][6] while others, including his GOP bio, specify "Richard and Dimitra", with "Roula" as a nickname for his mother.[2][7][8][9] Priebus is of German and Greek descent.[10] At 16, he volunteered for several political campaigns in high school.[11] After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he majored in English and political science,[6] and joined the Delta Chi fraternity.[12] Priebus graduated cum laude in 1994 and prior to that had been elected to serve as student body president[13] and was president of the College Republicans.[14]


After graduation from Whitewater, Priebus served as a clerk for the Wisconsin State Assembly Education Committee.[6] He then enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.[6] While studying for his law degree, he worked as a clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida,[7] and also interned at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in California.[15]

In 1998, he graduated with a J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Miami after serving as president of the Law School Student Body.[11] He moved back to Wisconsin and became a member of the State Bar.[6] Subsequently, he joined Wisconsin law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where he became a partner in 2006,[6][8] practicing in the firm's litigation and corporate practice groups.[16] While working at Michael Best & Friedrich, he was named as one of Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine's "Rising Stars" in 2008[8] and was included in the Milwaukee Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list, also in 2008.[11][16]

He ran for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004 but lost to the Democratic incumbent, Robert Wirch.[17] In 2007, following a successful campaign, he was elected chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.[7] He was the youngest person to have held that role.[18] Two years later, in 2009, he also became the general counsel for the Republican National Committee.[7][19]

As chairman of the

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  • Profile at Michael Best law firm
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Reince Priebus collected news and commentary at The New York Times
  • File at PolitiFact Wisconsin
  • Reince Priebus for RNC Chair campaign site
  • RNC fundraising, NewsMax

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  4. ^ Schoonejongen, John. "RNC Chairman Priebus touts his Jersey cred", Asbury Park Press Capitol Quickies, August 30, 2012. Accessed December 27, 2012. "“I have something in common I think a little bit with you all, I was born in New Jersey,” Reince Priebus told New Jersey Republicans at their delegation breakfast. “I was born in Dover, and some of my favorite childhood memories ... we moved when I was seven to Wisconsin, but I still remember very fondly, and I think about it, was growing up in Netcong. That’s where I grew up.”"
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  55. ^ a b Hallow, Ralph Z. (January 13, 2015) – "Reince Priebus Set to Win Historic 3rd Consecutive Term as RNC Chair Under Democratic President". The Washington Times. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  56. ^ Cheney, Kyle (January 16, 2015) – "RNC’s Priebus Looks at 2016 as ‘Do or Die’". POLITICO. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  57. ^ Miller, Zeke J. (January 16, 2015) – "Republicans Re-Elect Party Chair for ‘Do or Die’ 2016 Campaign". TIME. Retrieved January 18, 2015.


On January 16, 2015, the election for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee took place in San Diego, California. Priebus was reelected to a third term on a near-unanimous vote, making him the first chairman to lead the RNC for three consecutive terms with a Democratic president in the White House.[55][56][57] Priebus was credited for his fundraising skills, healing relations with major GOP donors, and the ability to maintain "generally warm acceptance" by conservatives and moderates alike, among other accomplishments.[55]

2015 election

In a speech on October 2, 2014, Priebus laid out the RNC's "Principles for American Renewal", covering 11 goals of the Republican party in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.[53] The principles include three economy-related proposals for the Senate to move forward: approval of construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline; federal healthcare law reform; and a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution. Other goals included in the principles include job creation, care of veterans, immigration and government spending.[54] Following the speech, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement criticizing Priebus, arguing that Republicans are "out of step with the American public".[53]

Also following the Growth and Opportunity Project report, Priebus led efforts to reach out to black, Latino and Asian American voters. In July 2014, he spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, where he said that to support these efforts the GOP was spending approximately $8.5 million per month and had established offices in 15 states.[52]

The following year, Politico reported that Priebus had made progress with efforts to make the RNC a year-round operation, particularly through investment into digital technology and field staff.[47] In a March 2014 CNN op-ed, Priebus said that the RNC had established a data management and predictive analytics initiative called Para Bellum Labs, with an office in Silicon Valley.[48] Continuing Priebus' aim to create an initiative to rival the voter mobilization efforts of the 2012 Obama campaign, in May 2014, the RNC launched the Victory 365 program.[49] The program focuses on communicating with and encouraging the efforts of volunteers across the U.S. to reach others in their communities.[49][50] Priebus also worked to reduce the length of the presidential primary calendar, generating support for a RNC rules change to make the primary calendar shorter by up to three months and bringing the national convention forward to late June at the earliest. The rules change was passed almost unanimously in January 2014.[47][51]

In September 2013, Priebus was successful in persuading both CNN and NBC to cancel planned biopics of Hillary Clinton, which had been criticized as "free campaigning on Clinton's behalf", according to columnist Jennifer Rubin. Priebus stated that the networks would not be allowed to moderate a Republican primary debate if the films went ahead.[46]

On March 18, 2013, Priebus presented the completed Growth and Opportunity Project report developed from a listening tour and four-month analysis[45] carried out by Priebus and Republican strategists including Henry Barbour, Sally Bradshaw, Ari Fleischer, Zori Fonalledas and Glenn McCall.[31] The report outlined a comprehensive plan for the party to overhaul its operations.[45] Specific plans outlined in the report included: improving the GOP's digital and research capabilities; a $10 million outreach effort to minority communities; supporting immigration reform; and reducing the length of the presidential primary season.[45]

For Priebus' second term he set the goal of "transforming the party – to be a force from coast to coast.”[44] In his re-election speech he stated that the party would no longer approach electoral politics from a "red and blue state" perspective.[44]

Second term

On January 25, 2013, the election for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee took place in Charlotte, North Carolina during the committee's winter meeting. Priebus was elected to serve another term.[40] Priebus was being challenged for the nomination by Maine's National Committeeman Mark Willis.[41][42][43]

2013 election

After the Republican losses in 2012, Priebus ordered broad reviews of RNC operations. Of particular concern was voter outreach, including the party's failed messaging to young people, women, and Hispanics. 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost each of these groups to President Obama.[37] The analysis of the election cycle would include gathering feedback from numerous volunteers and staffers who were involved at various levels.[38][39] He began development of a political plan including a long-term strategy to reach demographic groups that had voted mainly Democratic in the November 2012 elections. The plan was labeled "The Growth and Opportunity Project".[31]

[31] During the

By the end of 2011, Priebus had raised more than $88 million[30] and cut the RNC's debt to $11.8 million.[28] Former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie described his work in glowing terms: "He's completely restored faith at the RNC amongst donors and activists, he's been on message and he has done a great job raising money, which is the principal role of the RNC chairman."[28] According to Priebus, at the end of his first year in the role, there were 1,000 donors of $30,000 or more annually.[31] Also, after his first year, Priebus received praise from Republican Congress members for the increased communication from him and his team, compared with the previous chair.[28]

[29] programs to identify unregistered voters and those who had not returned their ballots, using funds raised through his initial outreach to major donors.absentee ballot In particular, he aimed to develop a strong voter mobilization program, including improved voter registration and [24][22] At the start of his first term as chairman of the RNC in January 2011, Priebus had inherited a $23 million debt from his predecessor

Priebus at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in October 2011 in Las Vegas

First term

     Candidate won majority of votes in the round
     Candidate secured a plurality of votes in the round
     Candidate withdrew
Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
Reince Priebus 45 52 54 58 67 80 97
Saul Anuzis 24 22 21 24 32 37 43
Maria Cino 32 30 28 29 40 34 28
Ann Wagner 23 27 32 28 28 17 Withdrew
Michael Steele 44 37 33 28 Withdrew

On January 14, 2011, after seven rounds of voting, Priebus was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.[27]

Priebus in May 2010

On Sunday December 5, 2010, Priebus stepped down as general counsel for the Republican National Committee (RNC). The next day he sent a letter to all 168 voting members of the RNC announcing his candidacy for chairman. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker supported Priebus' bid from the beginning, attributing the party's victories in Wisconsin to "Priebus' leadership and involvement in the grassroots Tea Party movement that swept the state and the nation".[25] Priebus told delegates in his letter: "I will keep expenses low. I will put in strong and serious controls. We will raise the necessary funds to make sure we are successful. We will work to regain the confidence of our donor base and I will personally call our major donors to ask them to rejoin our efforts at the RNC."[26]

2011 election

RNC chairman

Priebus continued as Wisconsin party chairman and general counsel to the RNC to late 2010,[21] when he stepped down as general counsel to run for election to chairman of the committee.[19]

[24][23][22], became known as part of a rising Republican movement in Wisconsin that was influential on the national level and focused on conservative ideologies, particularly fiscal conservatism.Scott Walker and Paul Ryan Following the success of the 2010 elections, Priebus, together with [22][20]

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