Historical Context

The Republican Party began in a little schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854. A small group of dedicated abolitionists gathered to fight the expansion of slavery, and they gave birth to a Party dedicated to freedom and equal opportunity.

The name “Republican” was chosen, alluding to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party and conveying a commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The McLean County Republican Party was formed shortly after. From our first days working for Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign to supporting Bruce Rauner in the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election, the McLean County Republican Party is working hard for you.

The McLean County Republican Party is working hard to help conservative voters make their voices heard. We are reordering priorities, recruiting more volunteers, and supporting new leaders to bring more accountability to the public arena. The Party is working hard to keep our community RED and turn our state RED by 2030.

Please consider becoming a member of McLean County Republicans and help us save our state and our community from the slide into soft totalitarianism we are now experiencing.    

The pursuit of opportunity has defined America from the very beginning. This is a land of opportunity. The American Dream is a dream of equal opportunity for all. The Republican Party is the party of opportunity.


(Last updated October 30, 2023)