Richard W. Porter, a Winnetka resident and a delegate for Mitt Romney, is interviewed by WGN-TV’s Julie Unruh at the Illinois delegation’s hotel in Clearwater.
The Illinois Republican Party met today and selected NTRO member Richard Porter as Republican National Committeeman for the state of Illinois. Porter will immediately begin serving out the term of fellow NTRO member Richard Williamson, who passed away last month.
Porter, a Winnetka resident, has been a staunch supporter of Republican causes nationally, statewide, and locally in New Trier Township.
“I am honored to be elected as National Committeeman, especially at such a critical time for our state and our country,” Porter said. “I promise to help grow our party and win elections, and I look forward to joining the Illinois Republican leadership team.”
“Rich Porter will be an integral part in the Illinois Republican Party’s resurgence on the national, state, and local level, and we’re thrilled to welcome him in this new leadership role,” said Jack Dorgan, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. “We had five outstanding candidates, and each of them will continue to be critical to our work in restoring the two-party system in Illinois and expanding the base of the Republican Party.”
Porter joins National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte and Dorgan as the Illinois delegation to the Republican National Committee. DeMonte has been Illinois National Committeewoman since 2008, and serves as Secretary of the Republican National Committee. Dorgan has been a member of the Committee since his election as chairman in 2013.
Porter’s background includes a stint inside the George H.W. Bush Administration as counsel to Vice President Dan Quayle and time working inside the Bush-Quayle campaign. After his service to the President, Richard went to work at Kirkland and Ellis, where he is now a partner.
Porter replaces Williamson, a Kenilworth resident and New Trier Township native. Williamson’s foreign policy expertise served the RNC well, but Williamson remained a valuable adviser to NTRO over the years. Porter expects to remain one as well.
“It’s quite a testament to the quality of our members that Illinois Republicans have sent another New Trier Republican to represent the state in the Republican National Committee,” NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan said. “I have known Richard Porter for a long time, and his reputation as a principled, thoughtful champion for Republican causes is well-earned.”
The Republican National Committee is made up of 168 members from all 50 states, as well as American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each state and territory is represented on the Committee by one National Committeeman, one National Committeewoman, and the Chairman of the state Republican Party.