Priebus was elected Wisconsin state GOP party chair in 2007, the youngest person ever elected to that position. In 2010 he oversaw a banner election year for Republicans in Wisconsin and is a close friend and political adviser to Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson, In 2009, he became general counsel of the RNC under chairman Michael Steele. He resigned the post in December to launch his own bid for the chairmanship.
On January 14, 2011 Preibus was elected chairman of the Republican Party after seven rounds of voting at the RNC’s winter meeting, held this week at the Gaylord National Hotel just outside Washington, over four other candidates – including former Bush administration official Maria Cino, former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner and Michigan National Committeeman Saul Anuzis and outgoing chairman Michael Steele.
Reince married his high school girlfriend Sally who he met at an Illinois church when he was 18 and she was 16. They ended up going to prom together. They broke up for a time before getting back together and finally marrying in 1999.
Priebus resides in Kenosha with Sally, his son Jack 6, and baby girl Grace Avalyn almost 1. “I grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and dated Sally, my now wife, in high school. Actually, our first date was a Lincoln Day Dinner”. so they could hear the keynote speeches by Reps. Henry J. Hyde of Illinois and James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin. “I know. Nerd alert,” Priebus says. “But we went to a movie after that.”
A Wisconsinite through-and-through, with roots extending beyond. His mother, Dimitra was born in Africa and met His father, Roula a union electrician who now works in real estate, while he was on tour there in the military. “Sally and our two children are fully on board and will move with me to Washington for the two-year term (as Chairman), so we can do this as a family”.
He enjoys politics and fishing, and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. His favorite beer, Wisconsin’s own Miller High Life. His favorite book is the “Reagan Diaries”. When asked “Other than Ronald Reagan, who is your political hero?”, Reince replied Abraham Lincoln.