With dwindling support as the voting rounds progressed, Steele officially dropped out of the race, tossing his support behind Maria Cino, but Priebus continued to gain steam and eventually compiled the requisite 85 votes to become chairman.
Surge Desk offers five facts about Reince Priebus, the new RNC chairman.
1. He's no stranger to Republican National Committee politics
Priebus served as general counsel to the RNC during Steele's tenure as chairman.
2. He hasn't always found political success
In 2004, Priebus unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Wisconsin state Sen. Robert Wirch despite raising over three times as much money during the campaign.
3. There's a small controversy in his recent past
According to the National Review, Priebus sat on his law firm's "Stimulus Legislation Team," an advisory board aimed at acquiring federal stimulus funds for clients. Priebus has denied involvement with the committee, telling Frum Forum in December that he had "never worked on or been involved with that group or any group that involves stimulus money in any way."
4. He's a University of Miami School of Law alum
Priebus was a member of the Miami Business Law Review, an editor for the School of Law's newspaper, and president of the Student Bar Association while obtaining his law degree at the University of Miami.
5. Apparently, he enjoys a good moose steak
Just leaving Fairbanks, Alaska -- had moose steak for dinner. Great stuff!
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