"Recommitting to Reform"
RNC Winter Meeting, Washington, DC, January 17-20, 2007
Ken Mehlman, outgoing RNC chairman, Mike Duncan, incoming chairman, and Sen. Mel Martinez, general chairman.
Following the loss of the both Houses of Congress in the 2006 mid-term elections, the Republican National Committee held its regular winter meeting in Washington, DC.  Outgoing RNC chairman Ken Mehlman emphasized "the need to recommit ourselves to be the party of reform."  On Friday members formally installed the new leadership team.  Mike Duncan, the RNC committeeman from Kentucky who had been serving as general counsel, is the new chairman and Sen. Mel Martinez (FL) is general chairman.  The national party organization is in considerable flux as many staffers head off to work on presidential campaigns.

One of the highlights of the meeting was final approval of Minneapolis-Saint Paul as the site of the party's 2008 national convention.  Additionally, although none of the 2008 candidates addressed the meeting, there was a fair bit of politicking by their supporters in the hallways, during the breaks between sessions, and at a couple of receptions.  RNC members also heard from congressional leaders and participated in various committee meetings.  The 168 members of the RNC comprise one committeeman, one committeewoman and the chairperson from each state.

Rules Committee Meeting
House Republican Leader John Boehner
Convention Movers and Shakers
Signing the Site Agreement
Examples of 2008 Related Activity


Republican National Committee
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