For the last five years, I have had the privilege to serve as your Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and it has been a truly rewarding opportunity. I have witnessed incredible commitment from you as our party has grown into a year-round, battle-tested organization that helps our candidates win elected office and fight for our cause in Madison and in Washington DC. When I took the reins five years ago, we had just elected Scott Walker as our Governor, Ron Johnson as our Senator, Rep.
Sean Duffy overtook 30 years of Democratic rule in the 7th Congressional District, Rep. Reid Ribble retook the 8th Congressional District, and we sent a strong majority to the State Legislature in Madison. We were on the eve of a four-year battle of ideas that would determine the future of Wisconsin. It fell to us to defend these advances and echo the push for the largest, boldest, conservative-driven agenda Wisconsin has ever seen.
As we all know, the real battle had just begun. Facing special interests that sought to preserve the status quo, the Governor’s bold, conservative-driven reforms in Act 10 inspired us all to fight for our future, and when they tried to recall the Governor and the legislators who stood beside him, we proved victorious. In 2014, we once again helped Governor Walker prevail against the special interests that sought to undo the great work we had achieved. By going door to door, working the phones and spreading the word, we delivered a conservative message to the voters and once again, common sense prevailed in Wisconsin.
Thank you for the commitment you have made and the extraordinary effort you have invested that has led to the many successes of the Republican Party of Wisconsin these past 5 years. Together, we are part of a movement that has changed Wisconsin for the better, and shaped our future for years to come. Yet, our work is not done. This year, the legislation that has taken effect and the leaders we have elected will once again be on the ballot, and we must be ready to defend our progress and keep Wisconsin moving forward.
In this moment of reflection and thanks for all of your contributions to our success, I ask you to remember that we must always be vigilant. We have been blessed with success in Wisconsin, and this year we have an opportunity to bring Wisconsin common sense to Washington DC. We must seize this opportunity to re-elect a strong Wisconsin Senator and true citizen legislator, Ron Johnson, retain the 8th Congressional District in Republican hands, and put a Republican back in the White House to undo the damage of the last eight years.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin cannot achieve these victories without your generous support, and I hope we can continue to count on you to help us elect leaders who will bring bold, conservative reform to our state and our nation.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you have done for our party, and for our state’s future. This year let’s make Wisconsin Red to the Roots, not only in 2016, but for years to come.