The race of a lifetime

Former NRCA President Reid Ribble shares how he became a U.S. representative

In November 2010, I was honored to be elected the representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district. The decision to run, campaign and ensuing win have been extraordinary experiences for a regular roofing contractor, and I want to share my story. I hope you find it interesting and informative, and, most of all, I hope it encourages you to get involved and make a difference.

The decision

During winter 2008, the U.S. was entangled in a global economic crisis. The November 2008 elections gave almost unprecedented power to the Democratic Party's most left-leaning factions, and, of all things, Al Franken was elected to the U.S. Senate. I was concerned, and I voiced my concerns to my family.

My oldest son, Clint, challenged me. He said if I was so concerned with our country's future, maybe I should stop complaining and do something about it. So I did. After several months of conversations with my family, especially my wife, DeaNa, we agreed I should at least investigate the possibility of running for Congress.