Ripon College encourages students to voice their opinions in the political atmosphere, locally and nationally. Whether you favor the red, blue or even green, it is easy to find an organization for you.
Numerous alumni have served or serve in every branch of government. Gail Gitcho ’01 serves as communications director for the Republican Governors Association. Brandon Lorenz ’02 is the regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Ripon’s Center for Politics and the People promotes constructive debate and discourse and is located in the city of Ripon, the historic birthplace of the Republican party.The Center hosts several guest lectures annually, including Major of Milwaukee Tom Barrett, State Senator-District 7 Chris Larson and United States Senator for Wisconsin Ron Johnson.
The Ripon College Republicans have brought numerous well-known speakers to campus, including Karl Rove, who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush and deputy chief of staff. The group also has met Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 2012 presidential nominee Herman Cain.