NCGOP chairman named RNC General Counsel

NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley has been named the General Counsel of the Republican National Committee.

First elected as the state party’s chairman in 2019, Whatley oversaw a run of success in the 2020 and 2022 election cycles, winning two U.S. Senate seats, reclaiming a supermajority in the state Senate, and perhaps most critically, sweeping statewide judicial races in the two election cycles and returning the N.C. Supreme Court to Republican control.


“Chairman Michael Whatley has done incredible work leading the North Carolina Republican Party to key victories since taking the role in 2019,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. “An accomplished lawyer with a wide breadth of experience at every level of the political process, Chairman Whatley will bring election integrity expertise, strong grassroots ties, and a winning record to the General Counsel’s office. I look forward to working closely with the chairman as we expand our lawfare efforts and work to make Joe Biden a one term president.”

Whatley managed the state Republican Party’s efforts during the recount in the 2020 Chief Justice race which affirmed a win by Paul Newby by around 400 votes.

“It is an honor to be named General Counsel for the Republican National Committee,” said NCGOP Chairman Whatley in reaction to the appointment. “I am excited to work with the RNC, State and Territorial Parties and our Republican candidates across the country to ensure that we have fair elections in the crucial 2024 election cycle.”

Whatley will continue to serve as NCGOP chairman and is expected to run for a third term at the party’s convention in Greensboro in June.

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