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Michigan Republican Party

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Michigan Republican Party
ChairpersonLaura Cox
Senate LeaderMike Shirkey
Senate President Pro TemporeAric Nesbitt
House SpeakerLee Chatfield
House LeaderTriston Cole
FoundedJuly 6, 1854; 166 years ago (1854-07-06), in Jackson, Michigan
HeadquartersSecchia-Weiser Republican Center, 520 N. Seymour St., Lansing, Michigan
Student wingMichigan Federation of College Republicans
Youth wingMichigan Young Republicans
Michigan Teen Age Republicans
Women's wingRepublican Women's Federation of Michigan
 • Conservatism[1]
 • Economic liberalism[2]
 • Federalism[3]
 • Social conservatism[4]
 • Fusionism[5][6]
 • Libertarianism[7]
 • Neoconservatism[7]
 • Paleoconservatism[8]
 • Right-wing populism[9][10]
Political positionCenter-right to Right-wing
National affiliationRepublican Party
Colors  Red
Michigan House of Representatives
58 / 110
Michigan Senate
22 / 38
Statewide Executive Offices
0 / 4
U.S. House of Representatives
6 / 14
U.S. Senate
0 / 2
Official Website

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 most recent former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Laura Cox was elected chairwoman in 2019.[11]

Ronna Romney McDaniel was the chairwoman of the party, having been elected in 2015 by delegates to the Republican State Convention. McDaniel is now the Republican National Committee Chairwoman.[12]

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.[13]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

After President Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate Scandal, his Vice-President Gerald Ford became the 38th President of the United States. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and served as a U.S. Representative from Michigan from 1949 to 1973.[citation needed]

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.[14] 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.[12]

Current elected Republicans in Michigan

President Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
President Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

  • None

Both of Michigan's U.S. Senate seats have been held by Democrats since 2000. Spencer Abraham was the last Republican to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1994, Abraham lost his bid for a second term in 2000 to Democrat Debbie Stabenow who has held the seat since.

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the 14 seats Michigan is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 6 are held by Republicans:


  • None

Michigan has not elected any GOP candidates to statewide office since 2014, when Rick Snyder, Brian Calley, Bill Schuette, and Ruth Johnson were re-elected as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and secretary of state, respectively. In 2018, term limits prevented all four politicians from seeking third terms. Schuette ran as the Republican nominee in the 2018 gubernatorial election with Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate and was subsequently defeated by Democratic challenger Gretchen Whitmer and running mate Garlin Gilchrist while Tom Leonard and Mary Treder Lang ran as the Republican nominees for Attorney General and Secretary of State and were subsequently defeated by Democratic challengers Dana Nessel and Jocelyn Benson.

Michigan Legislature

United States Cabinet Members from Michigan who served under a Republican President

The following are in order of Presidential succession.

Charles Wilson, nicknamed "Engine Charlie", was formerly CEO of GM
Charles Wilson, nicknamed "Engine Charlie", was formerly CEO of GM
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.

Current leadership

  • Laura Cox - Chairwoman
  • Terry Bowman - Co-Chairman
  • Kathy Berden - National Committeewoman
  • Dr. Rob Steele - National Committeeman
  • Paul Stephens - Youth Vice Chairman
  • Gerry Hildenbrand - Administrative Vice Chairman
  • Kevin Tatulyan - Coalitions Vice Chairman
  • Terris Todd - Ethnic Vice Chairman
  • Marian Sheridan - Grassroots Vice Chairwoman
  • Ty Bundy - Outreach Vice Chairman
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

Henry P. Baldwin is the only former Governor to become party chairman. Bagley and Groesbeck had not been Governor yet.
Henry P. Baldwin is the only former Governor to become party chairman. Bagley and Groesbeck had not been Governor yet.
Name Residence Years Served
Joseph Warren Detroit 1854–1855
James M. Edmunds Detroit 1855–1861
E.C. Walker Detroit 1861–1862
William Alanson Howard[15] Detroit 1862–1868
Governor John J. Bagley[16] Detroit 1868–1870
Stephen D. Bingham Lansing 1870–1878
George H. Hopkins Detroit 1878
Zachariah Chandler[17] Detroit 1878–1879
James McMillan[18] Detroit 1879–1880
Governor Henry P. Baldwin[19] Detroit 1880–1882
Edward S. Lacey Charlotte 1882–1884
Philip T. Van Zile Charlotte 1884–1886
James McMillan Detroit 1886–1888
George H. Hopkins Detroit 1888–1890
James McMillan Detroit 1890–1896
Dexter M. Ferry Detroit 1896–1898
Arthur M. Marsh Allegan 1898–1900
Gerrit J. Diekema[20] Holland 1900–1910
W.F. Knox Sault Ste. Marie 1910–1912
Governor Alex Groesbeck[21] Detroit 1912–1914
Gilman M. Dame Northport 1914–1916
John D. Mangum Marquette 1916–1918
Burt D. Cady Port Huron 1919–1925
Kennedy L. Potter Jackson 1925–1927
Gerrit J. Diekema Holland 1927–1929
Howard C. Lawrence Ionia and Saginaw 1929–1937
James F. Thomson Jackson 1937–1940
Leslie B. Butler Lansing 1940–1942
John R. Dethmers[22] Holland 1942–1945
John A. Wagner Battle Creek 1945–1949
Owen Cleary[23] Ypsilanti 1949–1953
John Feikens[24] Detroit 1953–1957
Lawrence Lindemer Stockbridge 1957–1961
George Van Peursem Zeeland 1961–1963
Arthur G. Elliott, Jr. Birmingham 1963–1965
Elly M. Peterson[25] Charlotte 1965–1969
William F. McLaughlin Northville 1969–1979
Melvin L. Larson Oxford 1979–1983
E. Spencer Abraham[26] East Lansing 1983–1991
David J. Doyle Okemos 1991–1995
Susy Heintz (Avery) Clinton Township 1995–1996
Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos[27] Grand Rapids 1996–2000
Gerald "Rusty" Hills[28] East Lansing 2000–2003
Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos Grand Rapids 2003–2005
Saulius "Saul" Anuzis Lansing 2005–2009
Ron Weiser[29] Ann Arbor 2009–2011
Robert "Bobby" Schostak Oakland County 2011–2015
Ronna Romney McDaniel Northville 2015–2017
Ron Weiser[29] Ann Arbor 2017–2019
Laura Cox Livonia 2019–Present


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  6. ^ Goldberg, Jonah (November 5, 2015). "Fusionism, 60 Years Later". National Review.
  7. ^ a b Miller, William J. (2013). The 2012 Nomination and the Future of the Republican Party. Lexington Books. p. 39.
  8. ^ Schneider, Gregory (2003). Conservatism in America Since 1930: A Reader. NYU Press. p. 387.
  9. ^ Cassidy, John (February 29, 2016). "Donald Trump is Transforming the G.O.P. Into a Populist, Nativist Party". The New Yorker.
  10. ^ Gould, J.J. (July 2, 2016). "Why Is Populism Winning on the American Right?". The Atlantic.
  11. ^ "Ron Weiser takes over as Michigan Republican Party Chairman". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  12. ^ a b "Ronna Romney McDaniel tapped to be new RNC chair". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  13. ^ "About | Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference". Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  14. ^ "Trump names Michigan's Ronna Romney McDaniel RNC chair". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  15. ^ 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)
  16. ^ John J. Bagley later served as Governor of Michigan (1873–1877)
  17. ^ 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)
  18. ^ James McMillan was also a U. S. Senator (Class 2) from Michigan (1889–1902)
  19. ^ Henry P. Baldwin had previously served as Governor of Michigan (1869–1873) and United States Senator (Class 1) from Michigan (1879–1881)
  20. ^ Gerrit J. Diekema had also been U. S. Representative for the Michigan's 5th congressional district (1907–1911)
  21. ^ Alex Groesbeck was later Michigan Attorney General (1917–1920) and Governor of Michigan (1921–1927)
  22. ^ John R. Dethmers was later Michigan Attorney General (1945–1946)
  23. ^ Owen Cleary was later Michigan Secretary of State (1953–1954)
  24. ^ John Feikens is currently Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (since 1986)
  25. ^ Elly M. Peterson was the first woman to serve as chairman of any official state party.
  26. ^ E. Spencer Abraham later became U. S. Senator from Michigan (1995—2001) and U. S. Secretary of Energy (2001–2005)
  27. ^ Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos is the wife of 2006 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos
  28. ^ Gerald "Rusty" Hills is currently the spokesman for Michigan Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette.
  29. ^ a b Ron Weiser is a former United States Ambassador to Slovakia, appointed by George W. Bush in November 2001 and served until December 2004.

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