Mequon – The 2016 Presidential election is about as memorable as it could be for most people, but for one Mequon woman it will soon be one for the record books.
Mary Buestrin has served as National Committeewoman for Wisconsin on the Republican National Committee since she was first elected in 1992.
And after more than 50 years of volunteer work in support of Republican candidates, Buestrin said she couldn’t be more honored to be one of the electors who make up Wisconsin’s Electoral College. The Electoral College is expected to formally ratify Wisconsin’s vote for President-Elect Donald Trump on Dec. 19 in Madison.
“I’ve been selected (as an elector) before, but because Republicans haven’t won in Wisconsin since 1984, I never got to vote,” she said. “It really is a great honor.”
Buestrin, who grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived in Mequon since she moved to the city with her husband in 1962, speaks humbly of her years of service to the party.
Despite that, her resume is a lengthy one, including most recently her service as the co-chairman of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
She has attended 10 conventions in total, including nine as a delegate, and also served on the RNC 2012 Convention Site Selection committee.
In addition, she is the RNC Vice-Chairman from the Midwestern Region and sits on the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Republican Party of Ozaukee County.
“I work daily for the party because I believe in the candidates and I believe in the philosophy,” said Buestrin, who said Trump’s victory in Wisconsin has made it one of her most exciting election seasons to date. “I love my country and I just feel like that was my reason for doing all of this. I wanted to do what I could to make sure we had good candidates who were helping keep the United States of America successful.”
In all her years of volunteering, Buestrin said she got paid for one month while she helped on Terry Kohler’s run for governor.
“I was blessed to be able to stay home with my children, but that also meant they got to learn everything and volunteer right along with me because I saw (my volunteer work) as my job,” she said, with a smile. “It ended up being a family thing that I would do all over again if I was afforded the chance.”