Michael Stephen Steele is a lawyer and politician and also the US Chairman of the Republican National Committee between January 30, 2009, and January 14, 2011. Steele was also the highest-ranking African American elected in the Republican Party.
Quick Facts and Information on Michael Steele
|Full Name / Real Name||Michael Stephen Steele|
|Birthday / Date of Birth||19th October 19, 1958|
|Current Residence||Andrews Field, Maryland, U.S.|
|Education||Johns Hopkins University|
|Height||5 feet 8 inches|
|Net Worth||$3 Million|
Michael Steele Bio: Parents, Family & More
Born in 1958 in a hospital at the Andrews Army Base of the US Air Force, Michael Steele was adopted by Maebell and William Steele, a modest and Catholic couple.
Unfortunately, in fragile health due to alcoholism problems, his adoptive father died when Michael Steele was only four years old. His mother, who refused to beg for social assistance money by saying ‘I didn’t want the government raising my children’, earned a living as a laundry maid. She then remarried to an army truck driver named John Turner. The couple then raised Michael and his younger sister Monica.
Michael is currently 61-year-old as he celebrated his 61st birthday on 19th October 2020. Steele is 5 feet and 8 inches tall (172 cm), and as heard from current reports, Steele is currently 70 Kg(154lbs.). Michael is bald but has black hair on both the left and right side of his head. Furthermore, Steele is Christian and is of African-American descent.
Michael attended Johns Hopkins University, where he studied international relations. Steele became a great admirer of Ronald Reagan and a Republican activist. After obtaining his license, he learned as a seminarian for three years before finally renouncing the priesthood.
Steele was then admitted to Georgetown University Law School and worked as a legal assistant in a law firm to afford his doctoral studies. In 1991, he joined Cleary, Gottlieb, Steel, and Hamilton, where he became a financial law specialist.
Michael Steele Career / Lincoln Project
Firstly, in 1998, Steele founded his consulting firm and tried to get elected for Comptroller of the State of Maryland; however, Steele became unsuccessfully. After that, he pushed for president of the Republican Committee of the State of Maryland and got elected in 2000.
Subsequently, in November 2002, Steele was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland as Robert Ehrlich Jr’s running mate. In 2004, Steele emerged on the national political scene at the Republican Convention in New York, where he was spotted by President George W. Bush 2. However, he didn’t hesitate as the Bush administration government was failing. He blames this for the lack of preparation and the abuses committed during the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina’s mismanagement in New Orleans.
In 2006, he ran for the Senate for Maryland in the seat vacated by Paul Sarbanes but was defeated by Democrat Ben Cardin.
He also applied for the candidacy in January 2009 to be the president of the Republican National Committee. Steele was elected by a majority of the 168 members of the RNC against the five other candidates who were Mike Duncan, Katon Dawson, Saul Anuzis, Ken Blackwell, and Chip Saltsman, who withdrew before the vote.
Steele represents himself in the election of January 2011. Realizing that he will not be reelected, he withdrew and urged his supporter in favor of Maria Cino, but Reince Priebus got elected instead. And since May 2011, he has been a columnist at The Root, an online magazine aimed at African Americans.
Recently in 2018, Steele was named a faculty fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Steele joined the Lincoln Project PAC in August 2020 and supported Joe Biden for president.
Michael Steele Wife, Married life and Children
Steele met Andrea Derritt at John Hopkins University in the 1970s. Michael started growing interest in her as they used to share their idea and view on different political agendas. Michael asked Andrea on a date and finally proposed to her in an old-fashioned way. The two-couple got married in 1985.
Andrea started helping out Michael in different ways by supporting what he did. Now, talking about Michael Steele’s children, first, he and his wife welcomed their son Michael II in 1988. After a few years, they had another son, Drew, who was born in 1991. Michael raised his children in a strict and disciplined environment.
Meanwhile, Michael’s children are all grown up and are 32 and 29 years of age as of 2020.
Michael Steele Salary / Net Worth 2020
During his tenure at Republic National Committee, Steele earned an annual salary of $243,500. He makes an extra income of around $36,000 as an MSNBC political commentator.
Around late 2009, Steele demanded a speaking fee of $8,000 to $20,000 per appearance in inspirational speech shows.
The primary source of his income comes from his political career and his different ventures. Considering the entirety of this all information, Michael Steel has an estimated net worth of $3 Million as of late 2020. Further, we are sure that Steele still has a lot to offer his experience and expertise in his working field; which means his net worth is likely to increase substantially in the years to come.
Michael is usually seen active in twitter accounts only. Nonetheless, Michael does have an Instagram account where he occasionally posts in a month or so. In his twitter accounts, Michael tweets about different political affairs and also reports news on his own. Steele has a follower of more than 180K on his twitter account, whereas, on his Instagram, he only has 3k followers.