Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 22, 2022
MADISON — The dates for the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee are now set.
The Republican National Committee on Wednesday announced the convention will take place July 15-18, 2024. That’s when the party will choose its nominee for president.
“We look forward to our continued work with the beautiful city of Milwaukee to make this convention week a success. Republicans will stand united in Milwaukee in 2024 to share our message of freedom and opportunity with the world,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is facing her own fierce nomination battle for another two-year term.
The RNC in August announced Milwaukee as the host for the 2024 GOP convention, expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to Wisconsin’s largest city. Milwaukee beat out finalist cities Nashville, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City for another shot at hosting a major political convention. The Democratic National Committee picked Milwaukee as the site of its national convention in 2020, but the event was truncated and became a mostly virtual affair thanks to the outbreak of COVID.
Wisconsin native and former RNC chair Reince Priebus said he expects the Republicans’ 2024 convention will be the “gold standard for decades to come.”
“The location is set, the dates are booked, and now the work of pulling off the biggest event in politics is underway,” said Priebus, who serves as Milwaukee 2024 Host Committee chairman.
While Milwaukee may be a lib city that hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since Sherburn Merrill Becker (the “boy mayor) in 1906, city officials see dollar signs. Lots of them. Mayor Cavalier Johnson and others have cited a potential economic impact of $200 million to the Milwaukee area.
“We are thrilled to welcome the 2024 Republican National Convention to Milwaukee,” Johnson said. “Our city is ready to show the world we are open for business, conventions, and tourism. The presidential nomination convention is a historical opportunity to present what a phenomenal place Milwaukee truly is.”