Georgia Teen Republicans

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Georgia Teen Republicans
Founded 1978[1]
Headquarters Leesburg, GA
Website www.gatrs.org

The Georgia Teen Republicans (GATRS) is one of two major partisan youth organizations in the U.S. state of Georgia. In the 1990s, GATRS was sponsored by the Georgia Republican Party, but today the group assists the Georgia GOP without sponsorship.

History[edit]

Founding and expansion (1978–1990)[edit]

The GATRS were founded in 1978 at the same time as other Teenage Republican chapters in the state.[1] GATRS helped with Ronald Reagan's campaign for President of the United States in 1980. Newt Gingrich was an early supporter of the organization and many of the state leaders over the next decade came from his congressional district[2]

Georgia Republican Party sponsorship and decline (1991–2001)[edit]

In 1991, the Georgia Teen Republicans came under the direct sponsorship of the Georgia Republican Party, with then-Executive Director David Shafer serving as the State Adult Advisor.[2] Growth continued through the 1994 elections with much enthusiasm for Gingrich's Contract with America. Following the 1994 elections, GATRS ceased activity.

Reorganization (2003–present)[edit]

GATRS was relaunched in 2003 after teen volunteers made over 20,000 calls for Sonny Perdue's successful 2002 gubernatorial campaign.[3][4][5]

Leadership[edit]

GATRS is governed by an Executive Board and a State Committee. The Executive Board is composed of the seven elected officers and non-voting director positions. The State Committee is composed of the Executive Board and the chapter chairs who choose to opt in. The Executive Board meets on a monthly basis, while the State Committee meets quarterly.

Activities[edit]

GATRS actively volunteers for the Georgia Republican Party at events across the state. The organization also strives to help local chapters get connected with Republican campaigns in their areas so that they can contribute to Republican victories on election day.[6] GATRS long-term goals are to focus on developing leadership and campaign seminars for teens who want to learn more about the political system.

State Convention[edit]

The organization annually hosts a State Convention. Originally, the state conventions were held in October, starting in 2003. By 2006, the typical convention month had shifted to June. Since 2009, the convention has been held in the State Capitol Building, either in the House or Senate Chamber.[7]

  • October 16, 2004: GAGOP Victory Center, Roswell, GA
  • October 22, 2005: Roswell City Hall, Roswell, GA [8]
  • June 17, 2006: Roswell City Park, Roswell, GA[9]
  • May 19, 2007: Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA[10]
  • June 14, 2008: Griffin First Assembly of God, Griffin, GA[2]
  • June 6, 2009: Georgia Capitol Building, House Chamber, Atlanta, GA[2]
  • May 1, 2010: Georgia Capitol Building, Senate Chamber, Atlanta, GA[2]
  • June 4, 2011: Georgia Capitol Building, Senate Chamber, Atlanta, GA[11]
  • June 2, 2012: Georgia Capitol Building, Senate Chamber, Atlanta, GA[12]
  • June 1, 2013: Georgia Capitol Building, Senate Chamber, Atlanta, GA[13]
  • June 7, 2014: Georgia Capitol Building, Senate Chamber, Atlanta, GA[14]

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