Our mission is to promote the Republican Party as a viable alternative for the residents of Wisconsin. We strive to provide new and current members with political knowledge and an understanding of the issues of the day so that as citizens we become more effective voters and campaign workers. Our goal is to grow the number of active WIYR members who will drive positive results for purposeful campaigns.

Our mission

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Nik Rettinger, Chairman

Residence: Waukesha County
Education: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee – B.A., Political Science & History Double Major, International Studies Minor
Occupation: Chief of Staff, Wisconsin State Senate
Political involvement: 1st Vice Chairman, Republican Party of Waukesha County; Committee Clerk & Policy Advisor, Wisconsin State Senate; Research Assistant & Policy Advisor, Wisconsin State Assembly; Chairman, Conservative Young Professionals of Waukesha County; Campaign Manager, State Senate & County Board Campaigns; Intern, US Senator Ron Johnson; Intern, Republican Party of Wisconsin; Chairman, UW-Waukesha College Republicans; President, UW-Milwaukee & UW-Waukesha Student Governments
About me: I enjoy ultimate Frisbee, camping, watching action/sci-fi movies, reading, strategic board and card games like Settlers, and spending time with family and close friends. I also love supporting local business like coffee shops, bars, and restaurants in the Waukesha area!


Christina Nelson,

Vice Chair

Residence: Milwaukee County
Education: B.A. in Biochemistry
Occupation: Research Assistant & Policy Advisor, Wisconsin State Assembly; Campaign Consultant

Political involvement: Campaign Manager, Cody Horlacher for the 33rd Assembly District; Coalitions Vice Chairman, Republican Party of Waukesha County,: Legislative Assistant, Wisconsin State Assembly; Secretary, Wisconsin Young Republicans; Secretary, Young Republicans of Waukesha County.


Jason Werre, Secretary

Residence: Milwaukee County
Education: University of Wisconsin – B.A. in Journalism
Occupation: Marketing & Copy Writing, Uline
Political Involvement: Legislative Assistant, Wisconsin State Assembly; Vice Chairman, Young Republicans of Dane County; Young Americans for Freedom Campus Coordinator; College Republicans of UW-Madison Member


Samantha Connor, Treasurer

Residence: Milwaukee County
Education: Marquette University – B.A., Political Science and Governmental-Corporate Relations
Occupation: Student at Marquette Law School
Political involvement: Event and Co-Sponsor Liaison, MULS Federalist Society; Former Chair, Executive Director, and Event and Research Coordinator of MU College Republicans; Former House of Representatives Intern for Representative Thomas Petri; Volunteer for numerous political campaigns


JM McKoy, National Committeeman

Residence: Winnebago County
Education: Carthage College - B.A., Political Science
Occupation: Industrial Sales
Political involvement: 2-1/2 years for Congressman Ryan in Kenosha constituent service center; Founding board member CYP Waukesha; Former Vice Chair Racine/Kenosha YRs; Former Racine County GOP board member
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, playing with nieces and nephews, DIY home improvement and car repair


Tom Lind, Web Development Director

Residence: Milwaukee County
Education: B.A. of Business; double major in Marketing, and Public Administration
Occupation: Software Consulting
Political Involvement: Volunteer for political campaigns; Member (former) of Waukesha County Republicans; Republican Party of Milwaukee County
Hobbies: Outdoor Enthusiast (Hunting, Fishing, ATV'ing, Kayaking - you name it); Spending time with family; Brewer and Packer games; Training Cooper (my black lab puppy); Exploring Milwaukee


Samantha Machart, National Committeewoman

Residence: Milwaukee County
Education: University of Minnesota – B.A., Journalism & Political Science
Occupation: Digital Marketing, IES Abroad
Political involvement: Chair, Wisconsin Young Republicans; Director of Communications, Wisconsin Young Republicans; Field Director, Republican Party of Wisconsin; Communications Specialist, Minnesota House of Representatives Republican Caucus; Intern, Minnesota State Senate for Senator Ted Daley; Intern, Republican Party of Minnesota; Public Relations Intern, Fianna Fáil (Dublin, Ireland); College Republican; Campaign Volunteer in 2004, 2006, and 2008
About me: I'm a self-described political geek. I love music, pop culture, classic films, watching sports, and reading anything I can get my hands on. If you ever need to find me your best bet would be to look for me in a coffee shop or any local music venue. I also love writing, digital marketing, and social media.


Jeremy Carpenter, Social Media Editor-in-Chief

Residence: Waukesha County
Occupation: Research Assistant in Wisconsin State Assembly
Political Involvement: Member of the Waukesha County Republican Party, volunteered on several state assembly and senate races, worked for Ted Cruz PAC in 2016 primary season.
Hobbies: Playing guitar, finding unique local coffee shops.


Brian Martinez, Digital Director

Residence: Racine County
Education: Junior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Political Science Major
Political involvement: County Coordinator, Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate; Chair, Racine-Kenosha Young Republicans; Field Director, Republican Party of Wisconsin - CERS; Intern, Republican Party of Wisconsin; Board Member, Racine County Republican Party
About me: I love politics, technology, Frank Sinatra, not to mention playing and listening to jazz music. I'm your average Apple fanboy, and I'm an unapologetic Cubs fan. Probably out Republicaning across the Badger State or watching The Office...or both.

Dane County

Casey McSweeney, Chair



Milwaukee County

john Graber, chair


Racine-Kenosha Counties

andrew rosenberg, chair


Rock County

Jon Clothier, chair


Walworth County

Alex Rasch, chair


Washington-Ozaukee Counties

Daniel Stuebs, CHair



Waukesha County

Nik Rettinger III, Chair



Register to Vote

Commit to vote in the 2018 election, then register to vote or check that your registration is up to date with the link above. Elections are important, make sure your voice is heard!


Thank you in your interest in helping the Wisconsin Young Republicans in our outreach. We look forward to meeting you!

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