43 Facts About Michael Steele

1. Michael Steele began her professional career as Micki Steele in the teen-girl band the Runaways, one of the first all-female rock groups.

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2. Michael Steele made her entrance just in time to play on the band's first full-length album, All Over the Place.

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3. In 1983, Michael Steele joined the Bangles, replacing original bassist Annette Zilinskas.

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4. Michael Steele is an American bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and singer.

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5. In 2010, Michael Steele announced that he would not run for re-election as the chairman for RNC.

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6. In 2009, Michael Steele began his campaign for the 2009 Republican National Committee chairmanship.

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7. Michael Steele was pressed by his party to run for the seat.

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8. In 2002, Michael Steele was selected by Robert Ehrlich as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor.

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9. In 1977, Michael Steele began studying at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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10. Michael Steele offered to provide training to Northam and members of state government as a way of moving forward.

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11. Michael Steele said he grew up in Washington and is very familiar with the politics and the culture of this area.

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12. Michael Steele has criticized President Obama on the issue, complaining that he has "demonized" the Iraq War.

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13. Michael Steele rates the issue of banning same-sex marriage low in importance.

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14. Michael Steele was openly critical of Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to oppose President Trump during his subsequent administration.

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15. In 2018, Michael Steele was named a faculty fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, where he will lead seminars.

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16. Michael Steele was hired to be a columnist for the online magazine The Root, an African-American news and commentary site owned by The Washington Post Company.

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17. In December 2010, Michael Steele declared that he would run for re-election as RNC chairman.

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18. Michael Steele is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.

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19. Michael Steele coined the phrase "Drill Baby Drill" during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota, where he promoted offshore drilling as an alternative to dependency on foreign oil.

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20. In February 2007, Michael Steele became chairman of GOPAC, a political action committee that helps fund state and local Republican campaigns around the country and is responsible for training future Republican candidates.

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21. One day after Michael Steele conceded defeat in the Senate election, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post reported that Steele was hoping to succeed Ken Mehlman as the chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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22. Michael Steele lost the general election to Cardin on November 7, 2006, 44 percent to Cardin's 55 percent.

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23. Michael Steele focused on low taxes, less government spending, free markets and national security.

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24. At the 2004 Republican National Convention, Michael Steele gave the Republican counterpoint to Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address; it was Steele's first major national exposure.

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25. Michael Steele worked on several political campaigns, was an Alternate Delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention and a Delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention.

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26. Michael Steele was a founding member of the centrist, fiscally conservative and socially inclusive Republican Leadership Council in 1993 but left in 2008 citing disagreements over endorsing primary candidates.

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27. Michael Steele failed the Maryland bar exam, but passed the Pennsylvania exam.

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28. In 1981, Michael Steele received a bachelor's degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore City, Maryland.

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29. Michael Steele was born on October 19, 1958, at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Maryland, and was adopted as an infant by William and Maebell Steele.

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30. From 2007 to 2009, Michael Steele was chairman of GOPAC, a 527 organization that trains and supports Republican candidates in state and local elections.

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31. Michael Steele made an unsuccessful run in the 2006 US Senate election in Maryland, losing to Democrat Ben Cardin.

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32. Michael Steele served as Chairperson of the Republican National Committee from January 2009 until January 2011; he was the first African-American to serve in that capacity.

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33. Michael Steele served as the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007; he was the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland.

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34. Michael Steele criticized the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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35. On January 30, 2009, Michael Steele won the chairmanship of the RNC in the sixth round, with 91 votes to Katon Dawson's 77.

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36. On November 24, 2008, Michael Steele kicked off his campaign for the RNC chairmanship by launching his website.

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37. Michael Steele appeared several times on HBO's political show Real Time with Bill Maher, and was on Comedy Central's talk show The Colbert Report on January 23, 2007.

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38. Michael Steele is considered a possible candidate for Governor of Maryland in the future and said he was "intrigued by the idea" for 2010.

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39. Michael Steele won the Republican nomination after facing little opposition in the primary.

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40. Michael Steele formally announced his candidacy for the US Senate on October 25, 2005.

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41. In 2005, Michael Steele was named an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership and was awarded the Bethune-DuBois Institute Award for his continuing efforts to improve the quality education in Maryland.

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42. Michael Steele attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC, participating in the Glee Club, the National Honor Society and many of the school's drama productions.

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43. Michael Steele made numerous appearances as a political pundit on Fox News and other media outlets prior to running for public office.

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