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The Republican Party of the United States, also referred to as the Grand Ole Party, was founded in Jackson, Michigan in 1854.

The Republican National Committee (RNC or GOP) provides national leadership for the Republican Party. The primary responsibilities of the RNC are to develop and promote the platform of the Republican Party through fundraising, election strategy, and organizing and operating the annual national convention.

The RNC has 168 members – Chair, National Committeeman and National Committeewoman from each state (50) or territory (6). Each member receives one vote at RNC meetings and votes for RNC Chairmanship.

The primary leadership positions in the RNC are Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and General Counsel.

Republican Party Platform

Michigan Republican Party Structure

The Michigan Republican Party (MRP or MIGOP) has elected leadership called the State Central Committee. There are also Congressional District Committees and County Executive Committees. The diagram below shows how precinct delegates are elected to serve on each committee.

The Michigan Republican Party is governed by a set of bylaws, which describe:

  • the duties of the State Central Committee
  • the direction, management and supervision of the affairs and business of the Republican Party in Michigan
  • the organization of the MRP, including Congressional District Committees and County Executive Committees, each having its own bylaws and rules of procedures


Formed in 1843, Michigan’s First Congressional District is the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River, and one of the largest geographical areas in the country. Altogether, the district makes up about 44% of the land area of the state of Michigan, and 36 counties spanning from Manistee to Traverse City to Alpena and the entire Upper Peninsula..

The district is currently represented by Republican Jack Bergman.

36th Senate District

Senator Michele Hoitenga (R)

Michigan’s 36th Senate district is one of 38 districts in the Michigan Senate. The 36th district was created
with the adoption of the 1963 Michigan Constitution, as the previous 1908 state constitution only permitted 34 senatorial districts. It has been represented by Republican Michele Hoitenga since 2023, succeeding fellow Republican Jim Stamas.

Michigan’s 36th Senate District includes Alpena, Alcona, Arenac, Crawford, Iosco, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon and Wexford counties, along with portions of Bay and Manistee counties.

Senator Demographics Population (2018)
Michele Hoitenga 94% White 242,798
R-Manton 1% Black
2% Hispanic
1% Asian
1% Native American
1% Other

105th House district

SenatorDemographicsPopulation (2018)
Ken Borton (R) Gaylord95.5% White91,849
 0.2% Black 
 1.4% Hispanic 
 4% Asian 
 0.9% Other 
 1.5% Remainder of Multiracial 

What is a precinct?

A precinct is the smallest geopolitical unit in the country.
Each township and city is divided into precincts. In all municipalities with multiple precincts, the local clerk has a precinct map.

Michigan has over 4,800 precincts, each containing no more than 3,000 active registered voters.The U.S. Census takes place every decade, and shifts in population may require political redistricting: sometimes precinct lines have to be redrawn.

Every precinct has at least one precinct delegate seat, and many have more. The number of delegates allotted to each precinct is determined every two years by the chair of each county political party, based on vote totals per precinct in the last general November election for President or Secretary of State, to ensure equal apportionment.

What is a precinct delegate?

Precinct delegates are liaisons between their community and the county party they represent.
All registered voters qualify to be precinct delegates.

Precinct delegates are elected in the August primary election, in even years. They serve a 2-year term, and there are no term limits. The county clerk is required to keep a record of all elected precinct delegates. County political parties may vote at county conventions to elevate precinct delegates to fill vacant seats. When precinct delegates move, they no longer represent the precinct they leave, but may be elected or elevated in their new precinct.


The official role of a precinct delegate is to attend, participate in and vote at four county conventions during the 2-year term. Precinct delegates may be elected to serve on a party committee or attend up to three state conventions and one national convention.

County Conventions

  • Elect county party leadership
  • Elect state delegates to attend state conventions

State Conventions

  • Elect state party leadership
  • Nominate party candidates for:
    • Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State (statewide election years)
    • Presidential Electors (presidential election years)
    • Michigan Supreme Court – 2, Board of Education – 2, University Boards of WSU, UOM and MSU – 2 each (both statewide and presidential election years)

Community Outreach

  • Bring awareness to political issues and actions taken by party leadership and elected officials
  • Promote party candidates
  • Encourage political action (voting, lobbying, attending events, etc.)

Party Outreach

  • Inform party leadership of important voter issues and concerns
  • Represent the precinct at party meetings and other political events