Ripon 39ers


Inspired by the age Theodore Roosevelt was when he led the Rough Riders, The Ripon 39ers Group exists to build relationships and foster ideas among young solutions-minded Republican policy and political professionals in Washington.

This young professionals group meets monthly and features a speaker. For more information about the Ripon 39ers Group and information on attending future meetings, please contact David Sweeney at dsweeney at

Ripon 39ers Group Meeting Speakers:


January 16 Alex Flint, Executive Director, The Alliance for Market Solutions
February 13 Chris Vieson, Staff Director, House Homeland Security Committee
March 12 Sarah Storey, Minister-Counsellor, Congressional Liaison, Australian Embassy Washington


January 10 John Feehery, Partner, EFB Advocacy
February 14 James Hooley, Head of Political Section, British Embassy Washington
March 14 Spring Salute
April 4 Amb. Roger Noriega, Visiting Fellow, AEI
May 2 Mike Thom, Deputy Political Director, NRCC
June 13 Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
July 18 The Honorable Gresham Barrett (SC), Senior Advisor, World Food Programme
September 26 Mike Bloomquist, Staff Director, Energy and Commerce Committee
October 24 Amb. Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of Estonia to the United States
November 21 The Honorable Peter Davidson Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
December 12 Holiday Party


January 11 2018 Kick Off
March 8 Daniel Lippman, Reporter, Politico
April 19 Angela Ellard, Staff Director, Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee
May 24 Josh Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution
June 28 Kevin Kosar, Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute; Director, Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group
July 26 The future of payments at The Visa Innovation Station
September 20 Jane Adams, Vice President, US Federal Affairs, Johnson & Johnson
October 4 Juston Johnson, Political Director, Republican National Committee
December 13 Holiday Party


January 25 Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt
March 2 Rick Limardo, Coalitions Director, Ways & Means Committee
April 6 Jay Timmons, President & CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
May 4 Steve Stombres, Harbinger Strategies, Former Chief of Staff to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
June 9 John Rogers, Executive Director, NRCC
July 27  A Salute to the August District Work Period
September 14 Gary Lytle, Former President & CEO, U.S. Telecom Association
October 5 Matthew Hunter, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
November 9 Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
December 14 Holiday Party


January 14 Benny Johnson, IJ Review
February 4 The Honorable Lee Terry (NE)
March 3 Rob Porter, Chief of Staff to Sen. Orrin Hatch
April 21 Dave Wasserman, Cook Political Report
May 19 Jennifer DeCasper, Chief of Staff to Sen. Tim Scott &
Joe Hack, Chief of Staff to Sen. Deb Fischer
June 16 Hugh Halpern, Staff Director, House Rules Committee
July 14 The Honorable Bill Archer (TX)
September 15 Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President and National Political Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
December 8 Marc Lampkin, Managing Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


January 29 Introduction of Ripon 39ers Co-Chairs
April 16 Luke Russert, NBC News
May 21 Andrea Bozek, NRSC
June 18 Sean Spicer, Chief Strategist, Republican National Committee
July 16 Gary Andres, Staff Director, Energy & Commerce Committee
October 1 Rick May, Staff Director, House Budget Committee
October 29 Jon Thompson, RGA
November 19 Brendan Buck, Speaker Paul Ryan
December 10 Jimmy Kemp, Jack Kemp Foundation


September 24 John Feehery, President of QGA Public Affairs
October 23 Rob Simms, NRCC, and Todd Novascone, NRSC
December 17 Dave Wasserman, Cook Political Report
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