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


Samantha Machart, Chair

Residence: Milwaukee County
Education: University of Minnesota – B.A., Journalism & Political Science
Occupation: Digital Marketing, IES Abroad
Political involvement: Vice 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.


Nik Rettinger, Vice Chair

Residence: Waukesha County
Education: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee – B.A., Political Science, History & International Studies
Occupation: Research Assistant & Policy Advisor, Wisconsin State Assembly
Political involvement: Vice Chairman & Public Relations, Republican Party of Waukesha County; Legislative Assistant, Wisconsin State Assembly; Chairman, Conservative Young Professionals of Waukesha County; Campaign Manager; State Senate & County Board; 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 (#TeamMarvel #CaptainAmerica), reading, board and card games (Settlers Anyone?), 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, Secretary

Residence: Milwaukee County
Education: B.A. in Biochemistry
Occupation: Legislative Assistant


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


Cameron Clark, 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


Lindsay Clark, National Committeewoman

Residence: Winnebago County
Education: Carthage College - B.A., Marketing
Occupation: Brand Deployment Analyst, Kimberly-Clark
Political involvement: Chair, Carthage College Republicans, 3 years (Vice chair before that); Intern, Lieutenant Gov Kleefisch; Communications Intern, Republican National Committee; Former board member, Racine GOP (Secretary) & Kenosha GOP; Regional Vice Chair, College Republicans of Wisconsin; Campaign volunteer; Chair, Racine/Kenosha YRS; National committeewoman, YRS; Intern, Senator Frank Lasee
Hobbies: Golf, non-profit work (organ donation), reading & writing, spending time with family, romantic comedies, traveling, coffee


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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