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From Wisconsin to the White House: Reince Priebus to serve as Trump's Chief of Staff

From growing up in Wisconsin to the White House
Posted at 6:38 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 19:45:08-05

From growing up in Wisconsin to the White House. President- elect Donald Trump has named long-time Kenosha Republican Reince Priebus as his chief of staff.

That's no surprise to his college buddy Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. He has no doubt his Chairman Priebus will be a good fit in a Trump White House.

"All the things I know about Reince are what's going to happen in the Donald Trump Administration," Vos said. "He's smart, articulate, organized and passionate. I think that's why he was chosen."

The two were young Republicans and college roommates with big dreams back at UW-Whitewater in the 1990's.

Benson: Is he a risk taker?

Vos: Not necessarily, but I will say, Charles, of all the human beings on the planet I know he is the hardest worker I've ever met.

His rise to Republican National Committee Chairman was fast. Priebus was state party chairman in 2010 when he helped Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans sweep into office.

But along the way he had his own setbacks. 

Priebus thought he was going to be a politician. He ran for a state Senate seat in 2004 and lost. The rest they say, is history.

"Reince is an evangelist," Vos said. "That means you preach to the people who are not converted as much as you preach to the people who are."

Vos was among many Republicans who called out Trump for "stupid things he said", but he thinks Priebus will help Trump surprise skeptics. 

"There are Democrats who think the world is coming to an end and I promise you with Reince in there, and a good and decent man in Donald Trump, I think we will see a country we will all be proud of," Vos said. "Reince will be right in the middle of it."