CPF Fellow Reince Priebus Headshot
Center for the Political Future

Fall 2023 Fellow

Reince currently serves as the President of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a nationwide law firm with more than 260 attorneys. Prior to joining Michael Best, Reince was named White House Chief of Staff shortly after the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Prior to managing the White House staff, Reince served as the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee in modern history. He oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, rescuing its finances, repairing its operations, and rebuilding its ground game while raising over one billion dollars. By welcoming new voters and harnessing the power of new technologies, Reince built the infrastructure needed for landslide GOP victories, and he left the RNC as the winningest chairmen of either political party in American history. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in both 2016 and 2017.

Before serving as RNC Chairman, Reince was one of the most successful chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin creating the framework for one of the most historic election cycles Wisconsin has ever experienced. During his tenure, the state’s Republicans elected Ron Johnson to the U.S. Senate, elected Scott Walker as Governor, gained two additional U.S. House seats, and took back both the State Assembly and State Senate, while also defeating the democratic leaders of both of those chambers.

Reince previously served as a visiting Fellow at Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and serves as Chairman of the 2024 Milwaukee Host Committee for the 2024 Republican National Convention. Additionally, he is also an exclusive speaker with the world-wide speaking company, The Washington Speakers Bureau.

Reince received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. He practiced as a corporate litigator at Michael Best’s Milwaukee office for many years before moving to the D.C. area. He was raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin and is a die-hard Packers fan.

Reince and his wife, Sally, have two children, Jack and Grace.

Study Group: How Primaries Actually Work

As the 2024 election approaches, all eyes will be on the American presidential race. Since Democrat Joe Biden is unlikely to have a serious challenger in his party, the competitive Republican party primaries will be especially compelling. But how does the primary process actually work? What in the world is a caucus? Who is likely to be the Republican frontrunner? How are delegates earned and how does that process differ from the Democratic party? This study group will explore the answers to these questions and many more. We will examine the processes, players, and goals of the primaries, and we will discuss the building blocks on the road to the White House.

Tuesday, September 19, 5-7 p.m. PT
Wednesday, September 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT
Tuesday, October 31, 5-7 p.m. PT
Wednesday, November 1, 6-7 p.m. PT

Apply for Reince Priebus’ study group.