Richard Porter of Winnetka has been selected as the Republican National Committeeman for the state GOP.
The Illinois Republican Party elected Porter, a partner at the law firm Kirkland and Ellis, out of five candidates vying for the position, which became available after former committeeman Rich Williamson died last month.
“I am honored to be elected as National Committeeman, especially at such a critical time for our state and our country. I promise to help grow our party and win elections, and I look forward to joining the Illinois Republican leadership team,” said Porter, who worked in the White House during the George H.W. Bush administration.
Elected Saturday, Porter joins National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte and Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, as the state's delegation to the Republican National Committee.
“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 Dorgan. “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.”