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M_steele_small. jpg|right| 150px]] '''Michael S. Steele''' was elected chairman of the [[Republican National Committee]] in January 2009. Previously he headed the [[conservative]] grassroots organization GOPAC. He served as [[Lieutenant Governor]] of [[Maryland]] from 2003 through 2007.
Steele was the first [[African American]] elected to state-wide office in Maryland when he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2002, and is the first black GOP national chairman.