Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will seek a second term.
He made the announcement on a conference call with RNC members Monday night. Members of the committee will decide the chairmanship at next month’s meeting.
Many prominent Republicans had questioned how Steele, the party’s first African-American chairman, would carry on after an error-prone tenure.
But Steele laid out his case for his reelection, noting the GOP recaptured the House majority and eroded Democratic control of the Senate during his time at the helm.
“We fired [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi so let’s increase our resources and strength to take back the Senate, elect new governors and a principled Republican leader to serve as president of the United States. United, we will make a difference for America’s future,” Steele said, according to his prepared remarks. “We achieved that in part because we adhered to two important principles: consistency and inclusion.