Dr. Linda Lee Tarver is serving her second term as President of the Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan (RWFM). The RWFM, specifically, the Detroit Republican Women’s Club was established in 1918 on the mission of promoting Republican women in the advancement of good government and Suffrage. Dr. Tarver has been involved in local and state party politics for many years and has received numerous recognition for her political advocacy including the 2015 Grassroots Leader Award from the Michigan Republican Party. Linda Lee served as Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, former Chairwoman of the Ingham County Republican Party, member of the 8th Congressional District Executive committee, and former advisory board member of The Frederick Douglass Foundation of Michigan. Linda Lee was also vice chair and founding member of the Alliance of Black Republicans. Linda Lee has served as a National Delegate\Alternate to the past three Republican National Conventions. In 2018, the Lansing State Journal featured Linda Lee in a full-page spread as “One to Watch” in political activism.
Dr. Tarver is a national public speaker having engaged conservative women in Ohio, Illinois, Nevada, and via teleconference across the nation. In her various political roles, Linda Lee has visited 70 of the 83 Michigan counties in support of Republicans. On October 24, 2015, Linda Lee was elected President of the RWFM. She is proud to be the first African-American elected as President of the Federation in its 100-year history and the ONLY African-American state President in the nation. Ms. Tarver will continue to ‘communicate’ the values of the Republican Party to women of all colors and walks of life.
In 2016, Dr. Tarver was selected as one of only six people in Michigan as Co-Chair for the Trump for Michigan Campaign. Since her appointment, Linda Lee aggressively challenged biases and ideologies that thwart progress for all Americans. Linda Lee’s commentaries and op-eds have appeared in local and national news outlets. She has supported conservative issues and positions on various media platforms including print, television and radio outlets like the Lansing State Journal, Detroit Free Press, MLive, “Off the Record” with Tim Skubick, Fox New, “Let it Rip” with Charlie Langton, “Click on Detroit” with Devin Scillion, and Michigan Public Radio. Linda’s political savvy, deeply held conservative convictions, and well researched opinions contributed to Michigan awarding all 19 presidential delegates to Republican Candidate Donald Trump – turning Michigan Red for the first time since 1988. Linda Lee’s efforts are known nationwide. In 2017, Linda Lee was inducted by conservative women in her state into the RWFM 2017 Women’s Hall of Fame. That same year, Linda Lee was invited by President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to participate in an exclusive Women’s History Month celebration at the White House.
Dr. Linda Lee Tarver (of Lansing) is married to Clint “The Hotdog Guy” Tarver, and mother to two young adults, Jennifer and Terrance. Linda Lee has served the people of the state of Michigan for more than 30 years and is currently the Community Affairs Director for the Michigan Department of State. In 2013, Ms. Tarver was appointed by Gov. Snyder to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. In addition to her public service, Dr. Tarver is a businesswoman and president of Tarver Consulting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology, a doctorate in theology, and she is also pursuing a doctorate of education with an emphasis in organizational leadership. Ms. Tarver serves her local community Vice Chair of the Lansing Promise Zone, and active member and teacher at Mt. Zion All Nations Bible Church. Linda Lee Tarver is an executive leader and organizational psychologist with over 20 years in political activism on local, state and national levels.