47 Facts About Reince Priebus


Reinhold Richard Priebus is an American lawyer and politician who served as White House Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump from January 20,2017, until July 31,2017.


Reince Priebus served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017.


Reince Priebus won the 2011 Republican National Committee chairmanship election and took office in January 2011.


Reince Priebus presided over the Republican Party during the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.


Reince Priebus publicly criticized Trump during the early stages of the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, but he later called for party unity.


Reince Priebus opposed efforts to deny Trump the nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention and supported his presidential campaign in the general election.


Days after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, he announced that Reince Priebus would serve as his first Chief of Staff.


Reince Priebus held the position until he resigned on July 27,2017.


Reince Priebus had the shortest tenure of any non-interim White House Chief of Staff in American history.


Reince Priebus drew controversy for his management style as chief of staff.


Reince Priebus was born on March 18,1972, the son of Dimitra and Richard Reince Priebus.


Reince Priebus's father is a former union electrician and his mother a real estate agent.


Reince Priebus's father is of German and English descent and his mother is of Greek descent; she was born to parents originally from Mytilene and Khartoum, since there was a sizable community of Greek settlers in Sudan at the time.


Reince Priebus attended Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, graduating in 1990.


Reince Priebus then enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.


Reince Priebus moved back to Wisconsin and became a member of the state bar.


Reince Priebus currently serves as president and chief strategist at Michael Best and is chairman of the Board of Advisors.


Reince Priebus worked to bring Wisconsin's Tea Party movement together with the mainstream Republican party organization and avoid conflict between the two.


Reince Priebus continued as state party chairman and general counsel to the RNC until 2010, when he stepped down as general counsel to run for election to chairman of the committee.


On December 5,2010, Reince Priebus stepped down as general counsel for the Republican National Committee.


On January 14,2011, after seven rounds of voting, Reince Priebus was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.


At the start of his first term as chairman of the RNC in January 2011, Reince Priebus had inherited a $23 million debt from his predecessor Michael Steele, as well as severely strained relationships with "major donors".


Reince Priebus stated that his goals for his leadership were to reduce the debt, rebuild the organization's finances and improve relationships with major donors and party leaders, as well as aiding Republican efforts in the 2012 presidential elections.


In 2012 Reince Priebus appeared on such political talk shows as Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, and State of the Union with Candy Crowley.


Reince Priebus ordered reviews of RNC operations, including the party's messaging to young people, women, and Hispanics.


Reince Priebus began development of a political plan including a long-term strategy to reach demographic groups that had voted mainly Democratic in the November 2012 elections.


On January 25,2013, Reince Priebus was elected to serve another term.


Reince Priebus therefore ran unopposed, and 166 of the 168 RNC members voted to reelect him.


On March 18,2013, Reince Priebus presented the completed Growth and Opportunity Project report developed from a listening tour and four-month analysis carried out by Reince Priebus and Republican strategists including Ari Fleischer, Henry Barbour, Sally Bradshaw, Zori Fonalledas and Glenn McCall.


In September 2013, Reince Priebus was successful in persuading both CNN and NBC to cancel planned biopics of Hillary Clinton, which had been criticized as "free campaigning on Clinton's behalf", according to columnist Jennifer Rubin.


Reince Priebus stated that the networks would not be allowed to moderate a Republican primary debate if the films went ahead.


Also following the Growth and Opportunity Project report, Reince Priebus led efforts to reach out to black, Latino and Asian American voters.


On January 16,2015, Reince Priebus was re-elected to a third term on a near-unanimous vote, making him the first chairman to lead the RNC for three consecutive terms with a Democratic president in the White House.


Reince Priebus showed concerns that an NBC-hosted debate could result in a "repeat" of the CNBC debate, as both are divisions of NBCUniversal, although NBC News is editorially separate from CNBC.


On October 4,2016, Reince Priebus called Trump a role model.


In December 2015, Reince Priebus publicly criticized then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily suspend Muslim immigration in response to terrorist attacks.


Reince Priebus's pay of $179,000 tied White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks for the highest White House salaries.


On February 19,2017, Reince Priebus said intelligence officials had cleared the Trump campaign of having any contact with Russian spies, contrary to anonymously sourced reports made the previous week by The New York Times, part of what the White House had referred to as "fake news".


Reince Priebus stated on CNN that he had resigned on July 27,2017.


Reince Priebus remained in the White House "for a couple weeks" and assisted John Kelly with transitioning into his new role as White House Chief of Staff.


Reince Priebus commissioned in the Navy Reserve as a Human Resources officer through its direct commission officer program and was attached to the Navy Operational Support Center in Washington, DC He was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on June 10,2019.


Reince Priebus noted his call to serve came after meeting with the wife and children of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, a Navy SEAL who was killed early in the administration in a Special Operations raid in Yemen.


On February 11,2020, Trump announced his intent to nominate and appoint Reince Priebus to be a Member on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.


In February 2021, it was reported that Reince Priebus was considering running for governor of Wisconsin against Democratic incumbent Tony Evers in the 2022 election.


Reince Priebus is the chairman of the host committee for the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.


In 1999, Priebus married Sally L Sherrow, whom he met in church when they were teenagers.


Mr Reince Priebus has an older sister who was a physician in the US Navy.