Wisconsin Conservatives Land on TIME’s Most Influential People List

Wisconsin Conservatives Land on TIME’s Most Influential People List

Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus made the list, and Scott Walker wrote about Ted Cruz.

TIME’s 100 Most Influential People was released today, and a few familiar names here in Wisconsin made the list in the “Leaders” section.

The list is always a fun one to comb through, as the Most Influential honorees are written about by other well-known individuals, and the pairings are fascinating and often weird. This year, John Kerry writes about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tina Fey writes about Ronda Rousey, Joe Biden wrote about Pope Francis, and so on.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is both honored and has a byline on the list. 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote about his then- running mate, saying he “has offered an idealistic, inclusive vision for the Republican Party during a raucous and unruly presidential campaign.”

Ryan wrote about Republican National Committee chairman and his longtime friend Reince Priebus. Not only that, there’s audio of Ryan showing the world exactly how to pronounce Reince Priebus’ name.

Gov. Scott Walker didn’t make the list, but he did write about one of this year’s leading candidates for the Republican nomination for president, Sen. Ted Cruz, saying “Ted Cruz is unique in politics today as he is actually doing the things in office that he said he would do.”

Walker has endorsed Cruz, but this TIME write-up comes one day after he told reporters he’d support Donald Trump if he were the Republican nominee.



Dan Shafer was the digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Dan joined the magazine as assistant editor in 2014 and wrote the November 2014 cover story, "Downtown Horizons." He's worked as a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee and an editor at ThirdCoast Digest. Contact him at daniel.shafer@milwaukeemag.com. He's on Twitter @danshaferMKE.