Michael S. Steele served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2009-2011. As Chairman Mr. Steele set a new direction for the Republican Party – actively engaging Americans in their local communities and empowering state and local Republican organizations to do the same.
Under Michael Steele’s leadership the RNC broke fundraising records in the 2010 cycle by raising over $192 million; and, for the first time in U.S. history, a party that suffered losses in consecutive elections as catastrophic as Republicans did in 2006 and 2008 rebounded to win a majority in the U.S. House or Senate in the next election. Republicans won 63 House seats, the biggest pickup since 1938, and the largest gain en route to winning a majority since the 1800s. For good measure, Republicans won the greatest share of state legislative seats since 1928.
A self-described “Lincoln Republican,” Mr. Steele earned a place in history in 2003 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, becoming the first African-American elected to statewide office in the state.
An expert on political strategy and election reform, he served as Chairman of GOPAC, and also held posts on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform.
Mr. Steele’s experiences as a successful elected official and his engaging speaking style have launched him into national prominence. He delivered major addresses at the Republican National Conventions in 2004 and 2008 where he coined the phrase ‘Drill Baby Drill”. President George W. Bush selected Steele to be part of the U.S. delegation to the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, and a member of the Presidential Delegation to the Leon H. Sullivan Summit VIII in Tanzania in 2008.
Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and political analyst have been showcased through his roles as a contributor on the Fox News Channel and regular host of the Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated Morning in America Show. Additionally, Mr. Steele has appeared on “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” and is an entertaining and eloquent guest on cable political talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the Rachel Maddow Show and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.
A corporate finance attorney, Mr. Steele founded his own company, The Steele Group, a business and legal consulting firm. His writings on law, business and politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Politico.com, Townhall.com, and The Journal of International Security Affairs, among others. Michael Steele is the author of the book “Right Now”, a call to arms for grassroots America in which Michael argues for a return to core conservative principles and the launching of an uncompromising campaign for limited government
Born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Mr. Steele was raised in Washington, DC. He spent three years as a seminarian in the Order of St. Augustine in preparation for the priesthood, but, ultimately, chose a career in law. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991. Mr. Steele is married with 2 adult sons.