RNLA Congratulates Michael Whatley on His Election as RNC Chairman

‘Whatley established national model on election integrity operations’


(Washington, D.C.) – The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) congratulates Michael Whatley on being elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Whatley replaces outgoing Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Previously, Whatley served as the Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and the General Counsel for the Republican National Committee.

 “Michael Whatley brings a long history of tireless work for the Republican Party in North Carolina and across the country,” said RNLA Chair Marc Ellinger. “As General Counsel to the Republican National Committee, he has worked to ensure the integrity of our elections. On behalf of the RNLA, I look forward to working with Chairman Whatley and making sure the 2024 elections are free and fair across the United States.”

“President Trump has made a great choice in North Carolina Republican Party Chair Michael Whatley to lead the RNC,” added RNLA Co-Chair Patricia Paoletta. “His tenacity and can-do spirit will serve Republicans well this year and into the future.”

“The RNLA is proud to call Michael Whatley one of our own,” concluded RNLA President and Executive Director Michael Thielen. “As North Carolina Republican Party Chair, Whatley has been a national leader who established the model for states on election integrity operations. After rising to the post of General Counsel in the RNC, Whatley made securing our elections a top priority on the national level. Whatley has what it takes to lead our party to victory in November, and we look forward to working with him.”

Prior to his service with the Republican Party, Whatley served as a federal law clerk, senior official in the George W. Bush Administration, and as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, R-NC.  He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Bush-Cheney Campaign, Florida Recount and Transition Teams, as well as the Trump-Pence Campaign and Transition Teams.

Whatley earned a history degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in religion from Wake Forest University before graduating from the University of Notre Dame with both a law degree and master’s degree in theology.


The RNLA is the national organization of Republican attorneys. The mission of the RNLA is to advance professionalism; open, fair, and honest elections; career opportunity; and Republican ideals. For more information, please visit http://www.rnla.org.




The press release can be viewed in PDF format here.