When he was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as
the first African American elected to statewide office; and again, with his subsequent
chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009.
As chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican
Party. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," under Steele’s leadership the RNC broke
fundraising records (over $198 million raised during the 2010 Congressional cycle) and
Republicans won 63 House seats, the biggest pickup since 1938. His commitment to
grassroots organization and party building at the state and local levels produced 12
governorships and the greatest share of state legislative seats since 1928 (over 760 seats).
As Lt. Governor of Maryland, Mr. Steele’s priorities included reforming the state's
Minority Business Enterprise program, improving the quality of Maryland's public
education system (he championed the State’s historic Charter School law), expanding
economic development in the state and fostering cooperation between government and
faith-based organizations to help those in need.
Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and commentator has been showcased through his
current role as a political analyst for MSNBC. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face
the Nation, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and Comedy Central's The Daily Show. In
addition to his work in television, Mr. Steele co-hosted the popular daily radio program,
Steele & Ungar on the POTUS Channel on SiriusXM and is the current host of The Michael
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