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Courtney Steps Down As Wisconsin GOP Head After Walker Loss

After 8 Years, Brady Courtney Notified GOP Leaders He Is Resigning Immediately


The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party is resigning after a disappointing 2018 election where Gov. Scott Walker was defeated and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin won a second term.

Brady Courtney notified Republican leaders in a letter Tuesday that he was resigning immediately. Courtney had been chairman for eight years. He took over in 2011 after working as an adviser on Walker’s first successful gubernatorial run.

Courtney replaced Reince Priebus after Priebus moved on to head the Republican National Committee.

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Courtney said in his letter that “We were all disappointed by November’s election results.”

He said Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asked him to remain on an interim basis.

The party’s executive committee will select a new chair.

Walker released a statement praising Courtney’s performance, saying he did an “incredible job.”