Oklahoma Republican considered for national party leadership
by Chris Casteel, NewsOK.com

WASHINGTON _ Matt Pinnell, the former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, is under consideration to replace Reince Priebus as head of the Republican National Committee, according to a GOP source.

Pinnell, of Tulsa, is on the short list to replace Priebus, who was tapped by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be the White House chief of staff, though it’s not clear how many candidates are on the list. Trump will pick the next RNC chief.

Pinnell is the state party director for the RNC, a position created by Priebus in 2013. Pinnell is the chief liaison between state party organizations and the chairman.

A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Pinnell was just 30 when he took over the Oklahoma GOP in 2010. He was the youngest Republican chairman in the country. He had been involved in congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns in Oklahoma and had lobbied for car dealers in Washington.

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