Priebus Likely Moving to D.C.

Posted January 14, 2011 at 8:03pm

Sally Priebus, the wife of newly-elected Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, told Roll Call Friday that her family would probably relocate to Washington, D.C., from Kenosha, Wis., following his victory.

Reince Priebus, 38, won the RNC chairman’s race on the seventh ballot. The couple has two young children, who did not travel to the nation’s capital for the RNC election.

Meanwhile, Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Mark Jefferson, who helped Priebus with outgoing RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s 2009 victorious campaign, said he doesn’t know whether he’ll join the RNC staff.

“It’s hard to know what tomorrow brings,” Jefferson told Roll Call on Friday.

He said Priebus won’t step down as chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party right away and that no potential successors had started jockeying for his job yet. Priebus was elected to the state GOP position in 2007.

The chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party issued a statement congratulating his counterpart.

While we don’t agree politically, I am grateful for his generous spirit during the hard-fought campaign season behind us — and in the hard-fought campaigns yet to come,” Mike Tate said. “And while of course we don’t wish him luck, we do wish the first national party chairman from Wisconsin well in his new endeavor.”

Priebus is the second national party chairman from Wisconsin. The first was Henry Clay Payne, who served briefly in 1904.