- Associated Press - Saturday, January 24, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Republican leader and a former Ohio House speaker will play a key role in planning the party’s 2016 presidential nominating convention in Cleveland.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE’-bus) announced Friday that Jo Ann Davidson will co-chair the party’s Standing Committee on Arrangements along with Steve King, a national committeeman from Wisconsin.

Davidson previously served as a co-chair of the RNC and has been a GOP national committeewoman since 2004. She says in a statement the panel’s objective is to plan a successful convention “so Republicans will shine on the national stage.” The convention will be held July 18-21.

The Democrats don’t have a city for their 2016 presidential nominating convention, but it will take place a week after the GOP’s. Columbus is a finalist.

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