Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will announce today that Katie Walsh, who led the party committee's fundraising efforts in the 2014 election, will serve as chief of staff in the 2016 cycle.
"As our finance director during the successful 2014 midterm cycle, Katie’s leadership helped the RNC break multiple fundraising records," said Priebus. "Her tireless work ethic, team spirit, and proven fundraising abilities will make her an outstanding chief of staff."
In the 2014 election, the RNC raised upwards of $200 million -- more than one-fourth of which, $56 million, came from major donors. Much of Walsh's prior experience is on the fundraising front. She has served as deputy finance director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and raised money out of the Midwest for John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008.
Earlier this month, Priebus was easily re-elected to a third term as chairman. He has led an effort to limit the debate schedule during the 2016 primary process and move the party convention into mid-July. “Winning [in 2016] will decide whether we were ultimately successful," Priebus said at the RNC winter meeting in San Diego in mid-January. "It will decide the future of our national party … Losing would be a complete failure.”