Michael Steele

Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee & Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
  • Record-breaking fundraiser for the Republican National Committee with over $198 million raised in 2010 cycle
  • A champion for improving Maryland’s public education system as Lt. Governor
  • An author and advocate for grassroot movements across the country

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When he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as the first African American elected to statewide office; and again with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2009.

As chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican Party. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," under Steele’s leadership the RNC broke fundraising records (over $198 million raised during the 2010 Congressional cycle) and Republicans won 63 House seats, the biggest pickup since 1938. His commitment to grassroots organization and party building at the state and local levels produced 12 governorships and the greatest share of state legislative seats since 1928 (over 760 seats).

As Lt. Governor of Maryland, Mr. Steele’s priorities included reforming the state's Minority Business Enterprise program, improving the quality of Maryland's public education system (he championed the State’s historic Charter School law), expanding economic development in the state, and fostering cooperation between government and faith-based organizations to help those in need.

Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and commentator has been showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and Comedy Central's The Daily Show. In addition to his work in television, Mr. Steele co-hosted the daily radio program, Steele & Ungar, on the POTUS Channel on SiriusXM and is the host of the podcast, The Michael Steele Podcast.

Mr. Steele’s writings on law, business, and politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill.com, The Grio.com, Politico.com, The Root.com, BET.com, Townhall.com, The Journal of International Security Affairs, and Catholic University Law Review, among others.

He is the author of the book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, which is a call to arms for grassroots America where he argues for a return to core conservative principles, and he is the co-author of the book, The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis.

Born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Mr. Steele was raised in Washington, DC. Upon graduating Johns Hopkins University (‘81’), he entered the Order of St. Augustine where studied for the priesthood. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center (’91), an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, a University of Chicago Institute of Politics Fellow, and currently a Senior Fellow at Brown University’s Institute for International and Public Affairs.

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Michael Steele: NCLR Annual Conference Luncheon

The Political Scene According To Steele. Michael Steel’s experiences as Maryland's lieutenant governor, as a candidate for the US Senate, and as a Republican Party leader make him an excellent guide on the fast-paced world of politics. He is a political pundit and a respected political analyst at MSNBC. 

Solutions To Move America Forward: A View From Both Sides of The Aisle. When paired with a speaker with contrasting ideals; Michael Steele expertly presents a compelling point-counterpoint debate over some of the major issues that will impact the nation.

Inspired & Inspiring Leadership. Michael Steele delivers a stirring presentation on his personal journey from his childhood as the son of a working mother in Washington, DC, to his difficulties in college, his years in a Catholic seminary, and his election to public office and rise in the Republican Party. He is a role model and leader whose personal story of struggle and fortitude inspires audiences of all ages.

The Black Experience & The American Dream. Steele points to various personal experiences and news headlines to engage audiences in powerful discussion about the black experience in context with the American Dream. Touching on hard-hitting topics, including the effectiveness of the black community’s efforts to eradicate prejudice, white America’s blindness to race issues, and how one’s school or workplace can vastly contribute to an individual’s success, Steele delivers insightful perspective into the issues sparking conversation from college campuses to corporate America.

How To Win Elections & Lose The Country.

Our Founding Principles & 2020.

The 2008 Financial Crisis & Why We Still Ignore Solutions.

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