Shawn Steel’s Republican activism dates back to his teenage days. He served as High School State Chairman for Ronald Reagan when he first ran for Governor. Thereafter, he was elected as Chairman of California Young Americans for Freedom [YAF].
Since then, Shawn Steel has served in countless positions within the Republican Party- from grassroots volunteer to California Republican Party Treasurer to Secretary of the Lincoln Clubs to CRP Chairman. Currently, he serves as the Republican National Committeeman for California. The National Committeeman is a volunteer position. The Committeeman represents the California Republican Party to the RNC. The position was first filled by Cornelius Cole, the CRP’s first Chairman, in 1856 when the Republican Party was organized in California. Each state has three Members, as do the six U.S. Territories. The primary purpose of the RNC is to nominate and elect Presidents.
Born and raised in California, Shawn Steel attended Los Angeles-area public schools and earned his BA at CSU-N and a Masters in History from the University of Southern California. Shawn also later earned his Juris Doctorate.
He is published in numerous professional journals, newspapers and books, including the National Review, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union, Los Angeles Daily Journal, California Policy Review, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Daily Breeze, Washington Times, the Orange County Register, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal.
Shawn’s wife, Michelle Park Steel, was elected in 2006 as a Member of the Board of Equalization, a California constitutional office, representing over 8.5 million Californians in a district that encompasses most of Southern California. Both of their girls are healthy and live in Washington DC. Cheyenne is the Press Secretary for Senator Vetter and Siobhan works at Edelman.