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Michael Steele is president and CEO of The Steele Group, a company he started in 1999. The Steele Group works with institutional and individual clients to design overall business development, investor, networking, and communications strategies. Presently, Michael is a political analyst for MSNBC. Michael is also co-founder of Purple Nation Solutions a D.C.-based strategic communications and public affairs firm. He and his partner Lanny J. Davis have created a bipartisan, global, one-stop shop where law, media, and politics intersect to provide real solutions employing legal means, political lobbying, and media management. Michaels's experiences as a successful elected conservative African-American Republican and his engaging speaking style have launched him into national prominence. Michael served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2009 - January 2011. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," Michael earned a place in history in 2003 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, becoming the first African-American elected to statewide office in the state. An expert on political strategy and election reform, he served as Chairman of GOPAC, and also held posts on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform. Michael earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991. He is a 2005 Rodel Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.