|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2011)|
|The Ripon Society|
|Type||Public policy think tank|
|Headquarters||1300 L Street Suite 900, NE|
The Ripon Society was the first major Republican organization to support passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s. In the early 1970s, it called for the normalization of relations with China, and the abolition of the military draft.
History and founding principles 
One of the main goals of the Ripon Society is to promote ideas and principles that have contributed to the GOP's past success. These ideas include keeping the nation secure, keeping taxes low and having a federal government that is not just smaller, but smarter and more accountable to the people.
Present ventures 
Lecture series 
The Ripon Society hosts a series of lectures known as their "Policy & Politics Dialogue Series", which in 2011 has consisted of over 40 idea-based forums. Speakers have included: Speaker of the House John Boehner, Representatives Kevin Brady and Greg Walden, Senators Rob Portman and John McCain, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Legislative Symposiums 
On February 8, 2013, the Ripon Society held its 2013 Legislative and Communications Directors Symposium on Leadership at Mount Vernon. Haley Barbour (the former governor of Mississippi), Carly Fiorina (the former Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard; and former U.S. Senate candidate in 2010.), and staff members from House Republican leadership offices spoke at the symposium. Fiorina recommended to the Ripon Society that the Republican Party focus on a number of issues:
- Simplify and reform the federal tax code
- Promote the use of business technology in government
- Help small businesses
According to the Washington Examiner, Fiorina called the Republican Party’s get-out-the-vote effort as “pathetic” compared to the Democratic Party’s efforts. Fiorina also mentioned some stories about herself, which she said were not widely known:
- She majored in medieval history and philosophy.
- She chose to not finish law school.
- She worked as a hairdresser appointment-setter and as a receptionist at a small firm.
The Ripon Forum 
The Ripon Forum examines current issues with essays in politics, business, and academia. The Forum is published quarterly and focuses on several topics per issue, working to frame and lead public policy debate. Recent issues include articles examining education in the 21st century, progressive tax policy, healthcare and information technology, and election reform.
See also 
- Lou Zickar, "'Leadership is always about tough choices.' Carly Fiorina Talks about the Future of the Republican Party and the Reforms the GOP Should Embrace in Speech to Ripon Society Symposium", Press release, Ripon Society, 20 Feb 2013, Accessed 1 Mar 2013
- Liz Sidoti, "Year of the political woman redux?", 'Associated Press, printed by NBC News, 9 Jun 2010, Accessed 1 Mar 2013
- "Fiorina: GOP is 'Pathetic'", Washington Examiner, 20 Feb 2013, Accessed 1 Mar 2013
- Jennifer Harper, "Inside the Beltway: Who is James E. Risch?", The Washington Times, 20 Feb 2013, Accessed 1 Mar 2013