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Brad Courtney is an American politician who served as the chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Brad Courtney
Brad Courtney.jpg
Chair of the Wisconsin Republican Party
In office
January 14, 2011 – March 5, 2019
Preceded byReince Priebus
Succeeded byAndrew Hitt
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
EducationVanderbilt University (BA)


A native of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Courtney is a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and Vanderbilt University.[1] He is married with three children.[2] Courtney is also active in his local church and is a member of the board of Young Life.


Courtney began his political career in 1990 when he worked on Richard W. Graber's campaign in the primary election for the Wisconsin State Assembly. Although Graber lost the primary election to Alberta Darling, who went on to win the general election, Graber later served as chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic. During the campaign, Courtney first met Scott Walker. After serving as vice chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Courtney was promoted to serve his first term as chairman in 2006, succeeding Graber. He did not stand for re-election as chairman the following year and was succeeded by Reince Priebus. Instead, Courtney served as finance chairman of Scott Walker's successful campaign for Executive of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. In 2010, Courtney was a senior campaign adviser and grassroots coordinator for Walker's successful campaign in the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial election. Courtney was chosen for a second time as chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin in 2011 after Priebus was selected to be chairman of the Republican National Committee.


  1. ^ "Lifelong Bay Resident Takes Helm of State Republican Party". Whitefish Bay Patch. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ "RPW Elects Brad Courtney New State Party Chairman". Republican Party of Wisconsin. Archived from the original on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2017-01-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Reince Priebus
Chair of the Wisconsin Republican Party
Succeeded by
Andrew Hitt