NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 20:  Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele presides over a meeting of state party chairmen May 20, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. Steele urged Republicans to stand firm on conservative economic principles in an attempt to chart a course to bring the GOP back to relevancy after losing in 2008 control of both Congress and the White House for the first time in 15 years.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Steele

Michael Steele



Michael Steele has made history in the political arena with two African- American “firsts.” He was the first black elected to a statewide office in Maryland, as the Lt. Governor in 2003. And after Barack Obama was sworn in as America’s first black president in 2009, Steele became the first black Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Known for being outspoken on controversial topics, he drew the ire of popular conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and others within the GOP. He served as chairman until January 2011.