Ronna McDaniel Steps Down as RNC Chair Ahead of Super Tuesday

On Monday, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), declared that she would be stepping down from her position on March 8, after serving seven years as the leader of the GOP. McDaniel, who is currently in her fourth two-year term, made the announcement at the RNC’s spring training meeting in Houston, Texas, stating that she intends to “allow our nominee to select a Chair of their choosing.”

“It has been the honor and privilege of my life to serve the Republican National Committee for seven years as Chairwoman to elect Republicans and grow our Party,” the 50-year-old said in a statement seen by ABC News, thus confirming previous speculation on the matter.

“I have decided to step aside at our Spring Training on March 8 in Houston to allow our nominee to select a Chair of their choosing,” she continued. “The RNC has historically undergone change once we have a nominee and it has always been my intention to honor that tradition.”

In early February, former President Donald Trump, a likely Republican candidate for the 2024 election, endorsed Michael Whatley, the current North Carolina GOP Chair and RNC general counsel, to succeed Ronna McDaniel as the new chair of the RNC, as reported by Breitbart News.

Additionally, Trump endorsed his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to replace the incumbent RNC co-chair, Drew McKissick.

According to RNC party rules, the chair and co-chair must not be of the same sex.

McDaniel’s resignation will take effect just days before Super Tuesday, when several delegate-rich states hold their presidential primaries. It will also come over a week after her home state of Michigan decides on a Republican nominee, as noted by ABC News.

McDaniel is the committee’s longest-serving leader since the Civil War.As reported by AP, Ronna McDaniel, the niece of Utah Senator Mitt Romney and a former chair of the Michigan GOP, was chosen by Trump to lead the RNC shortly after the 2016 election.