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Trump taps Ronna McDaniel to head the RNC

Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel speaks before a Republican presidential primary debate in Detroit. (AP/Carlos Osorio)

President-elect Donald Trump chose Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Wednesday to be RNC deputy chairwoman, with plans for her to succeed his incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus as chair of the RNC.

“I’m excited to have a highly effective leader in Ronna McDaniel as RNC Deputy Chair and I look forward to her serving as the Party’s Chairman in 2017,” Trump said in a statement. “Ronna has been extremely loyal to our movement and her efforts were critical to our tremendous victory in Michigan, and I know she will bring the same passion to the Republican National Committee.”

Priebus added that McDaniel has been a "committed leader" in the Republican Party for years, and her work to help Michigan go to a Republican for the first time since 1988 makes her an "exceptional choice."

“Ronna is an outstanding fundraiser, and her ability to drive support for our mission of electing Republicans up and down the ballot gives me full confidence that she will be able to continue building on the RNC’s success and organizational strength as we head into important elections in 2017 and 2018," Priebus said in a statement.

Bob Paduchik was also selected to be deputy co-chair.

“In addition to being a key leader in helping us win big in Ohio, I am confident he is going to work very hard to continue the excellent work the RNC has done of building the Republican Party up to a record level of strength," Trump said in a statement.

The appointments will be submitted to the RNC executive committee for approval.

Priebus leaves the RNC after six years to take the chief of staff job at the White House.

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