Conventions & Caucuses

In each 2-year cycle between Primary Elections (when Precinct Delegates are elected), delegates have the opportunity to attend and participate in 3 or 4 County Conventions, a Congressional District Caucus, 2 or 3 State Conventions, and a Republican National Convention (in Presidential Election years).  These events are ultra-important for every Precinct Delegate to be at…this is your chance to replace “do-nothing” incumbents with America First patriots!  No excuses.  Be there.

Conventions and caucuses are carried out in a smooth, orderly and fair manner by adhering to Robert’s Rules of Order.  Read through these to find out what to expect and understand how to participate.

See the Michigan GOP Bylaws for more information on the guidelines for Conventions and Organization of Committees.  The State Central Committee establishes rules for each County Convention where Delegates are elected to State Convention.

County Conventions
A County Executive Committee is responsible for organizing a minimum of 3-4 County Conventions per 2-year cycle.  Additional conventions may be organized for other purposes, but those listed below are universal to all Michigan counties.  The first point of order at each convention is the election of a Chair to lead that convention. 
Post-Primary County Convention 
  • When:  August of even-numbered years, directly following the Primary Election
  • Attendees:  All newly-elected Precinct Delegates, At-Large Delegates (County or Statewide Elected Officials) and all Nominees who reside in the county and won the party nomination in the Primary Election for a county or statewide position
  • Primary Purpose:  Elect Delegates to the Summer State Convention
  • Other Matters:  Vote whether or not to elevate those interested in filling Precinct Delegate vacancies
Post-Elections County Convention 
  • When:  November of even-numbered years, directly following the General Election
  • Attendees:  All elected Precinct Delegates and At-Large Delegates (County or Statewide Elected Officials)
  • Primary Purpose:  Elect members to serve on the County Executive Committee for the next 2-year cycle.  The number of members elected to this committee must equal the number of county offices and state legislative offices for which candidates were nominated at the last two preceding fall primary elections.  The elected members together with the persons most recently nominated by the party to each of those county or statewide offices in the August Primary Election shall constitute the executive committee for that county.
  • Other Matters:  Vote whether or not to elevate those interested in filling Precinct Delegate vacancies
Winter County Convention 
  • When:  January of odd-numbered years, following an election year
  • Attendees:  All elected Precinct Delegates and At-Large Delegates (County or Statewide Elected Officials)
  • Primary Purpose:  Elect Delegates to the Winter State Convention
  • Other Matters:  Vote whether or not to elevate those interested in filling Precinct Delegate vacancies
Spring County Convention (only in Presidential Election years)
  • When:  May of Presidential Election years
  • Attendees:  All elected Precinct Delegates and At-Large Delegates (County or Statewide Elected Officials)
  • Primary Purpose:  Elect Delegates to the Spring State Convention
  • Other Matters:  Vote whether or not to elevate those interested in filling Precinct Delegate vacancies

 

Congressional District Caucuses
  • When:  February of odd-numbered years, following an election year
  • Attendees:  Delegates to the Winter State Convention, elected at the Winter County Conventions, who reside within that Congressional District
  • Primary Purpose:  Elect members to serve on the Congressional District Committee – Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, 6 State Committee Members and 15 Additional Members for a total of 25 Members.  The Chair and 6 State Committee Members serve on MI GOP Standing Committees.  Results of this election are reported at the Winter State Convention.

State Conventions
The MI GOP State Central Committee is responsible for organizing 2 or 3 State Conventions per 2-year cycle.  The first point of order at each convention is the election of a Chair to lead that convention. 
Summer State Convention 
  • When:  August of even-numbered years, directly following the Post-Primary County Conventions
  • Attendees:  Delegates to the State Convention elected at each Post-Primary County Convention
  • Primary Purpose:  
    • Presidential Election Years – Elect 16 Presidential Electors, Nominate 2 MI Supreme Court Justices and Nominate for the 2 positions on the State Board of Education and each of the 3 University Boards (WSU, UOM and MSU)
    • Statewide “Mid-Term” Election Years – Nominate Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, 2 MI Supreme Court Justices and Nominate for the 2 positions on the State Board of Education and each of the 3 University Boards (WSU, UOM and MSU)
Winter State Convention 
  • When:  February of odd-numbered years, following an election year
  • Attendees:  Delegates to the State Convention elected at each Winter County Convention
  • Primary Purpose:  Receive District Caucus results and elect party officers for the State Central Committee for the next 2-year cycle (Chair / Co-Chair and 6 Vice Chairs (Administrative, Coalitions, Ethnic, Grassroots, Outreach and Youth).  These officers together with the Chair and 6 State Committee Members from each Congressional District constitute the State Central Committee.  The Michigan GOP Bylaws (Article III, Section A) describe a few other members that also serve and have voting rights on this committee.
Spring State Convention (only in Presidential Election years)
  • When:  June of Presidential Election years
  • Attendees:  Delegates to the State Convention elected at each Spring County Convention
  • Primary Purpose:  Elect National Committeeman and Committeewoman, as well as 3 Delegates to the RNC from each Congressional District