Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor
Michael Steele made history when he became the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in Maryland, where he served as lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2007, and when he was chosen to be the first African-American chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2009 to 2011.
As chairman of the RNC, Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican Party. As lieutenant governor of Maryland, Steele’s priorities included improving the quality of Maryland’s public education system (he championed the state’s charter school law); expanding economic development in the state; reforming the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program; and fostering cooperation between government and faith-based organizations to help those in need. Steele’s abilities as a communicator and commentator have been showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC.