List of Republican National Conventions
Note: Conventions whose nominees won the subsequent presidential election are shaded in pink.
|Dates||Year||Location||Temporary Chair||Permanent Chair||Number of
|Presidential Nominee||Vice Presidential Nominee|
|June 17–19||1856||Musical Fund Hall; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Robert Emmett of New York||Henry S. Lane of Indiana||2||John C. Frémont of California||William L. Dayton of New Jersey|
|May 16–18||1860||Wigwam; Chicago, Illinois||David Wilmot of Pennsylvania||George Ashmun of Massachusetts||3||Abraham Lincoln of Illinois||Hannibal Hamlin of Maine|
|June 7–8||18641||Front Street Theatre; Baltimore, Maryland||Robert Breckinridge of Kentucky||William Dennison of Ohio||1||Abraham Lincoln of Illinois||Andrew Johnson of Tennessee|
|May 20–21||18682||Crosby's Opera House; Chicago, Illinois||Carl Schurz of Missouri||Joseph R. Hawley of Connecticut||1||Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio||Schuyler Colfax of Indiana|
|June 5–6||18722||Academy of Music; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Morton McMichael of Pennsylvania||Thomas Settle of North Carolina||1||Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio||Henry Wilson of Massachusetts|
|June 14–16||1876||Exposition Hall; Cincinnati, Ohio||Theodore M. Pomeroy of New York||Edward McPherson of Pennsylvania||7||Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio*||William A. Wheeler of New York*|
|June 2–8||1880||Interstate Exposition Building; Chicago, Illinois||George F. Hoar of Massachusetts||George F. Hoar of Massachusetts||36||James A. Garfield of Ohio||Chester A. Arthur of New York|
|June 3–6||1884||Exposition Hall; Chicago, Illinois||John R. Lynch of Mississippi||John B. Henderson of Missouri||4||James G. Blaine of Maine||John A. Logan of Illinois|
|June 19–25||1888||Auditorium Theatre; Chicago, Illinois||John M. Thurston of Nebraska||Morris M. Estee of California||8||Benjamin Harrison of Ohio*||Levi P. Morton of New York*|
|June 7–10||1892||Industrial Exposition Building; Minneapolis, Minnesota||J. Sloat Fassett of New York||William McKinley of Ohio||1||Benjamin Harrison of Ohio||Whitelaw Reid of New York|
|June 16–18||1896||St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall; St. Louis, Missouri||Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana||John M. Thurston of Nebraska||1||William McKinley of Ohio||Garret Hobart of New Jersey|
|June 19–21||1900||Convention Hall; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Edward O. Wolcott of Colorado||Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts||1||William McKinley of Ohio||Theodore Roosevelt of New York|
|June 21–23||1904||Chicago Coliseum; Chicago, Illinois||Elihu Root of New York||Joseph G. Cannon of Illinois||1||Theodore Roosevelt of New York||Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana|
|June 16–19||1908||Chicago Coliseum; Chicago, Illinois||Julius C. Burrows of Michigan||Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts||1||William Howard Taft of Ohio||James S. Sherman of New York|
|June 18–22||1912||Chicago Coliseum; Chicago, Illinois||Elihu Root of New York||Elihu Root of New York||1||William Howard Taft of Ohio||James S. Sherman of New York3|
|June 7–10||1916||Chicago Coliseum; Chicago, Illinois||Warren G. Harding of Ohio||Warren G. Harding of Ohio||3||Charles Evans Hughes of New York||Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana|
|June 8–12||1920||Chicago Coliseum; Chicago, Illinois||Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts||Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts||10||Warren G. Harding of Ohio||Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts|
|June 10–12||1924||Public Auditorium; Cleveland, Ohio||Theodore E. Burton of Ohio||Frank W. Mondell of Wyoming||1||Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts||Charles G. Dawes of Illinois|
|June 12–15||1928||Convention Hall; Kansas City, Missouri||Simeon D. Fess of Ohio||George H. Moses of New Hampshire||1||Herbert Hoover of California||Charles Curtis of Kansas|
|June 14–16||1932||Chicago Stadium; Chicago, Illinois||Lester J. Dickinson of Iowa||Bertrand Snell of New York||1||Herbert Hoover of California||Charles Curtis of Kansas|
|June 9–12||1936||Public Auditorium; Cleveland, Ohio||Frederick Steiwer of Oregon||Bertrand Snell of New York||1||Alf Landon of Kansas||Frank Knox of Illinois|
|June 24–28||1940||Convention Hall; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Harold Stassen of Minnesota||Joseph W. Martin of Massachusetts||6||Wendell Willkie of New York||Charles L. McNary of Oregon|
|June 26–28||1944||Chicago Stadium; Chicago, Illinois||Earl Warren of California||Joseph W. Martin of Massachusetts||1||Thomas E. Dewey of New York||John W. Bricker of Ohio|
|June 21–25||1948||Convention Hall; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Dwight Green of Illinois||Joseph W. Martin of Massachusetts||3||Thomas E. Dewey of New York||Earl Warren of California|
|July 7–11||1952||International Amphitheatre; Chicago, Illinois||Walter S. Hallanan of West Virginia||Joseph W. Martin of Massachusetts||1||Dwight D. Eisenhower of New York||Richard Nixon of California|
|August 20–23||1956||Cow Palace; Daly City, California||William F. Knowland of California||Joseph W. Martin of Massachusetts||1||Dwight D. Eisenhower of Pennsylvania||Richard Nixon of California|
|July 25–28||1960||International Amphitheatre; Chicago, Illinois||Cecil Underwood of West Virginia||Charles Halleck of Indiana||1||Richard Nixon of California||Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. of Massachusetts|
|July 13–16||1964||Cow Palace; Daly City, California||Mark Hatfield of Oregon||Thruston Morton of Kentucky||1||Barry Goldwater of Arizona||William E. Miller of New York|
|August 5–8||1968||Miami Beach Convention Center; Miami Beach, Florida||Edward Brooke of Massachusetts||Gerald Ford of Michigan||1||Richard Nixon of New York||Spiro Agnew of Maryland|
|August 21–23||1972||Miami Beach Convention Center; Miami Beach, Florida4||Gerald Ford of Michigan||Ronald Reagan of California||1||Richard Nixon of California||Spiro Agnew of Maryland|
|August 16–19||1976||Kemper Arena; Kansas City, Missouri||Bob Dole of Kansas||John J. Rhodes of Arizona||1||Gerald Ford of Michigan||Bob Dole of Kansas|
|July 14–17||1980||Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, Michigan||Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas||John J. Rhodes of Arizona||1||Ronald Reagan of California||George H. W. Bush of Texas|
|August 20–23||1984||Dallas Convention Center; Dallas, Texas||Howard Baker of Tennessee||Bob Michel of Illinois||1||Ronald Reagan of California||George H. W. Bush of Texas|
|August 15–18||1988||Louisiana Superdome; New Orleans, Louisiana||Elizabeth Dole of Kansas||Bob Michel of Illinois||1||George H. W. Bush of Texas||Dan Quayle of Indiana|
|August 17–20||1992||Astrodome; Houston, Texas||Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas||Bob Michel of Illinois||1||George H. W. Bush of Texas||Dan Quayle of Indiana|
|August 12–15||1996||San Diego Convention Center; San Diego, California||George W. Bush of Texas
Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey
|Newt Gingrich of Georgia||1||Bob Dole of Kansas||Jack Kemp of Maryland|
|July 31–August 3||2000||First Union Center; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Trent Lott of Mississippi||Dennis Hastert of Illinois||1||George W. Bush of Texas*||Dick Cheney of Wyoming*|
|August 30–September 2||2004||Madison Square Garden; New York City, New York||Linda Lingle of Hawaii||Dennis Hastert of Illinois||1||George W. Bush of Texas||Dick Cheney of Wyoming|
|September 1–4||2008||Xcel Energy Center; Saint Paul, Minnesota||Mitch McConnell of Kentucky||John Boehner of Ohio||1||John McCain of Arizona||Sarah Palin of Alaska|
|August 27–30||2012||Tampa Bay Times Forum; Tampa, Florida||Mitch McConnell of Kentucky||John Boehner of Ohio||1||Mitt Romney of Massachusetts||Paul Ryan of Wisconsin|
|July 18–21||2016||Quicken Loans Arena; Cleveland, Ohio||Mitch McConnell of Kentucky||Paul Ryan of Wisconsin||1||Donald Trump of New York*||Mike Pence of Indiana*|
|August 24–27||2020||Charlotte Convention Center; Charlotte, North Carolina (Day 1)
Various locations remotely (Days 2–4)5
|TBD||TBD||1||Donald Trump of Florida||Mike Pence of Indiana|
*Won the election despite losing the popular vote.
1This convention was known as the National Union Convention.
2This convention was known as the National Union Republican Convention.
3Sherman, who had been elected Vice President in 1908, died six days before the 1912 election; he was subsequently replaced as Republican Vice-presidential nominee by Nicholas M. Butler of New York.
4Originally scheduled for the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California and for August 14–16.
5Originally scheduled for the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the venue was changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 1884 – U.S. Representative John R. Lynch of Mississippi (thought to be the first keynote speaker)
- 1916 – U.S. Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio
- 1920 – U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts
- 1924 – U.S. Representative Theodore Burton of Ohio
- 1928 – U.S. Senator Simeon Fess of Ohio
- 1932 – U.S. Senator Lester Dickinson of Iowa
- 1936 – U.S. Senator Frederick Steiwer of Oregon
- 1940 – Governor Harold Stassen of Minnesota
- 1944 – Governor Earl Warren of California
- 1948 – Governor Dwight Green of Illinois
- 1952 – General Douglas MacArthur of Wisconsin
- 1956 – Governor Arthur Langlie of Washington
- 1960 – U.S. Representative Walter Judd of Minnesota
- 1964 – Governor Mark Hatfield of Oregon
- 1968 – Governor Daniel Evans of Washington
- 1972 – RNC Co-Chair Anne Armstrong of Texas
- 1976 – U.S. Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee
- 1980 – U.S. Representative Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan
- 1984 – U.S. Treasurer Katherine Ortega of New Mexico
- 1988 – Governor Thomas Kean of New Jersey
- 1992 – U.S. Senator Phil Gramm of Texas
- 1996 – U.S. Representative Susan Molinari of New York
- 2000 – No officially designated keynote speaker; U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona and General Colin Powell of Virginia were featured speakers.
- 2004 – U.S. Senator Zell Miller of Georgia (a Democrat, Miller is first speaker from the opposite party to address a national convention as keynoter)
- 2008 – Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York
- 2012 – Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey
- 2016 – No officially designated keynote speaker; multiple "headliners" each night
- 2020 - Patricia and Mark McCloskey of Missouri
Gallery of convention sites
Interior of the Exposition Hall of Cincinnati during the 1876 convention
First Lady Pat Nixon addresses the 1972 convention
- Bibliography of the Republican Party
- List of United States Republican Party presidential tickets
- List of presidential nominating conventions in the United States
- List of Democratic National Conventions
- List of Whig National Conventions
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- "2016 GOP Convention Program Announced". RNC 2016 Cleveland. Archived from the original on July 21, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2016.