Shawn Steel is the Republican National Committeeman from California. He is a past Chairman of the California Republican Party and the Founding Director of the California chapter of the influential pro-taxpayer group, the Club for Growth.
Mr. Steel was also an early supporter and key driving force in the 2009 historic election of Michael Steele to the position of Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
A long time fixture in the California Republican Party, Mr. Steel was elected National Committeeman in February 2008. Mr. Steel defeated incumbent Tim Morgan in what was viewed as a major triumph for Steel’s message of reshaping the Republican National Committee into a more effective and open party organization.
In 2001, Mr. Steel was elected as Chairman of the California Republican Party, where during his four year tenure, he organized and pushed the historic recall campaign against then incumbent Democrat Governor Gray Davis.
Mr. Steel also served as California Republican Party Vice Chairman from 1999 to 2001 and Treasurer from 1995 to 1999.
An attorney from Palos Verdes, Mr. Steel has written articles published in every major newspaper in his state.
Shawn Steel’s Republican activism dates back to his teenage days. He served as High School State Chairman for Ronald Reagan when he first ran for Governor. Thereafter, he was elected as Chairman of California Young Americans for Freedom [YAF].
Since then, Shawn Steel has served in countless positions within the Republican Party- from grassroots volunteer to California Republican Party Treasurer to Secretary of the LA Lincoln Clubs to CRP Chairman. Currently, he serves as the Republican National Committeeman for California.
Born and raised in California, Shawn Steel attended Los Angeles-area public schools and earned his BA at CSU-N and a Masters in History from the University of Southern California. Shawn also later earned his Juris Doctorate.
Shawn’s wife, Michelle Park Steel, was elected in 2006 as a Member of the Board of Equalization, presently she serves as Orange County’s Supervisor for District 2. Both of their girls are healthy and live in Washington DC. Cheyenne is the Communication Director for Senator Vitter and Siobhan works at Edelman and will attend Georgetown University for a Masters in National Security.