President Donald Trump surprised politicos and pundits alike by his choice to lead the Republican National Committee. He didn’t choose one of his influential business friends. He didn’t choose a seasoned politician. He chose a mom from Michigan – an outsider to Washington, D.C. – to become the second woman to take charge of the RNC.
I may have seemed like an unlikely choice. After all, not many men would’ve chosen someone who, just three years ago, was a stay-at-home mom. I was named chair of the Michigan Republican Party in 2015, and I worked hard alongside colleagues and volunteers to turn Michigan red. We succeeded in making that happen, delivering Michigan to then-candidate Trump in 2016. It was the first time in decades that our state voted red.
The President recognized our hard work, and I came to Washington. My story is just like those of countless other women who, while underestimated, defy expectations and deliver results.
Since joining the RNC, we have raised record-breaking amounts of money, engaged more voters than ever before and invested millions of dollars into our data and digital operations. I’ve traveled more than 100,000 miles across the country to meet with our supporters, and I’ve seen the energy of our grassroots efforts first-hand.