Reince Priebus was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee on January 14, 2011, and reelected on January 25, 2013, putting him on track to become only the seventh person to serve four years as Republican Party Chairman. In his first term as Chairman, Reince oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, rescuing its finances, rebuilding the operations and implementing the best ground game effort the RNC has ever organized. As former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie proclaimed, “Reince saved the RNC.”
In his second term as Chairman, Reince is committed to taking the party’s message of freedom and economic opportunity to all states and all communities. Reince believes growing the party requires making conservative principles relevant and relatable to all Americans. By welcoming new voices and voters and harnessing the power of new technology, Reince will lead the RNC in building the infrastructure needed to win more elections in 2013, 2014 and beyond.
A successful chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Reince created the framework that brought about one of the most historic election cycles Wisconsin has ever experienced. During Reince’s tenure, Republicans in Wisconsin not only defeated Russ Feingold by electing Ron Johnson to the Senate, but they gained two additional U.S. House seats, won the Governor’s office, took back both the state Assembly and the state Senate while defeating the leaders of both of those chambers.
Reince has a long history in Republican politics, having served on his first campaign at the age of 16. Since then, he worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican Party of Wisconsin as 1st Congressional District Chairman, State Party Treasurer, First Vice Chair, and eventually State Party Chairman. In 2009, Reince served as General Counsel to the RNC, a role in which he volunteered his time to help manage the RNC’s most difficult challenges.
Reince and his wife, Sally, have two young children, Jack and Grace. Reince is a lifelong Packers fan and calls Kenosha, Wisconsin, home.