RPW Announces Convention Kickoff Speakers

MADISON - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who has been called “the next generation of leadership in the Republican Party and in America” and Wisconsin’s own Congressman Paul Ryan, ranking member of the House Budget Committee and an emerging leader on fiscal reform, will headline a Chairman’s Reception at the Republican Party of Wisconsin State Convention on Friday, May 21, 2010.  “The Republican Party of Wisconsin State Convention is going to be an opportunity for conservatives to come together and kick off an outstanding campaign season,” said Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “I can’t think of two better Republicans than Governor Pawlenty and Congressman Ryan to get participants motivated to actively spread our message of common-sense conservative solutions and fiscal restraint.” 

As Governor, Pawlenty resolved Minnesota's historic $4.5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. During his two terms, Governor Pawlenty has dramatically slowed the growth of state government spending. He also reduced overall spending for the first time in the state’s 150-year history. 

Serving as Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Paul Ryan is a leading voice for fiscal discipline and accountability in the federal government. He recently introduced “A Roadmap for America’s Future,” a comprehensive reform proposal that tackles the interrelated crises in health care, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, our job-killing and cumbersome tax code, and our exploding debt.  

The Chairman’s Reception will take place from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee onFriday, May 21, 2010. Shuttles from the RPW Convention host hotel, the Hyatt Regency, will be available for convention attendees. Admission to the Chairman’s Reception will be free of charge for paid convention attendees and will cost $20 per person for the general public. 

Speaker announcements for a banquet honoring County Chairmen on Saturday, May 22, 2010 will follow in the coming weeks. 

More information on the RPW State Convention can be found at; by becoming a fan of the “Republican Party of Wisconsin Convention 2010” on Facebook; or by following “RPWConvention” on Twitter. 

Media and bloggers interested in credentials for the GOP convention should contact Kristin Ruesch, RPW Communications Director, at 608-257-4765 or