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Young Republican Clubs are both social and political in nature. Many of them sponsor various social events and networking events for members. In addition, Young Republican Clubs assist Republican political candidates and causes.
The oldest Young Republican club in the country is the New York Young Republican Club, Inc. in New York City which was founded in April 1911 and incorporated in February 19, 1912. (There are two New York Young Republican Club, Inc. groups, one of which holds the incorporation papers and trademark on the logo and one of which does not.)
Although frequently confused, the YRNF operates independently from the College Republican National Committee.
Although Young Republican organizations existed as early as 1859, the Young Republican National Federation was formed by George H. Olmsted at the urging of Herbert Hoover. The YRNF was officially founded in 1931.
The YRNF has limited control over its State Federations. A few states, including Montana, act as both a state & local chapter, while a majority of states, including Texas & California, grant strong autonomy to individual clubs. Some Federations include a Regional Chair to handle issues of clubs in the same city or plan larger events in a particular part of the state.
State Federations elect a Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, National Committee Man & National Committee Woman. Depending on the state, Vice-Chair, Immediate Past Chair, or other Directors are also elected to form the Executive Committee.
Voting rights at State Meetings are giving to each member of the Executive Committee, as well as Regional Chairs and Club Presidents. The State Chair, National Committee Man, and National Committee Women serve on the National Governing Board and elect U.S. Regional Directors, a National Chair, Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, assistants, and others.
Most clubs are allowed to form after having a small group of active members, those who pay club dues and are under 41 years of age, and by having the club pay a fee to its state governing body on an annual basis.
Presently, the National Federation does not collect dues from either its State Federations or its club members, raising money only through attendance at national events and from private donations. The YRNF is technically not associated with the Republican Party. The YRNF owns the trademark to the term "Young Republican" and the YRNF logo.
On June 3, 2006, the Florida Federation of Young Republicans officially adopted "Florida Federation of Young Professional Republicans" as an alternative name for promotions in a move to target Republicans who are beyond their mid-twenties. It is the first state federation to adopt such a name change.
At the Montana Republican State Convention in June 2006, the Montana Young Republicans changed their name to the Montana Republican Young Professionals.
National Convention of Young Republicans
- Chairman: Jason Weingartner of New York
- Co-Chairman: Dennis Cook of Illinois
- Vice-Chairman At-Large: Peret Pass of Florida
- Secretary: Jack Dusik of Virginia
- Treasurer: Chris Mays of California
- Auditor: Brian Wollett of Ohio
- Assistant Secretary: Clayton Michael Turner of Alabama
- Assistant Treasurer: Daniel Ballori of Puerto Rico
- Midwest Regional Vice-Chairman: Michael Neal of Indiana
- Northeast Regional Vice Chairman: Daniel Soltesz of Pennsylvania
- South Regional Vice Chairman: John Scott of Virginia
- West Regional Vice Chairman: Adam Ellison of California
- State Chairman's Association Chairman: Meagan Hanson of Georgia
Young Republican alumni
- John Ashbrook, former US Congressman from Ohio's 17th
- Steve Bartlett, former US Congressman from Texas
- Aaron Bean, Florida State Representative
- Robin Leo Beard Jr, former Tennessee Congressman
- Bill Brock, former Tennessee U.S. Senator, Republican National Committee Chairman, Secretary of Labor, Ambassador
- Joe Bruno, Majority Leader, New York State Senate
- Jeb Bush, former Florida Governor
- Terry Campo, YRNF Chairman (1989–1991) and now lawyer in DC
- Dean Cannon, Florida State Representative (Speaker Designee)
- Jim Cawley, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and New York U.S. Senator 
- John Cornyn, Texas U.S. Senator
- Charlie Crist, Florida Governor
- Jim DeCesare, Kentucky State Representative
- Chris Dorworth, Florida State Representative
- Mike Duncan, RNC Chairman, former Kentucky YR Chairman
- Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation
- Eric Eisnaugle, Florida State Representative
- Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., former Chairman, Republican National Committee
- Louis Frey former Florida Congressman
- Charles Garside, former acting President of the State University of New York
- Enid Greene, YRNF Chairman (1991–1993), Utah Congresswoman
- Adam Hasner, Florida State Representative
- Marilyn Hudson, YRNF Chairman (1985–1987) from Kansas
- Richard Jacobs, YRNF Chairman (1987–1989) from Tennessee
- Eric Jergensen, former State Chairman from Utah and City Council Member in Salt Lake City
- Donald Lukens, YRNF Chairman (1963–1965), Ohio Congressman
- Wes Marsh, Arizona State Representative
- Kevin McCarthy, YRNF Chairman (1999–2001), California Congressman
- Bill McCollum, Florida Attorney General, former U.S. Congressman
- Patrick McHenry, North Carolina Congressman
- John Mica, Florida Congressman
- Jason Murphey, Oklahoma State Representative
- Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey State Assemblyman 
- Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota and Presidential candidate.
- Scott Perry, Congressman, Pennsylvania 4th Congressional District
- Adam Putnam, Florida Congressman
- Tom Reed, New York Congressman
- David Rivera, Florida State Representative
- Ronald C. Romans, YRNF Chairman (1969–1971)
- William Rusher, publisher and activist in the Draft Goldwater movement (1961–1964)
- Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator of Pennsylvania
- Richard Schweiker, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, former U.S. Senator of Pennsylvania
- Roger Stone, YRNF Chairman (1977–1979), political consultant
- Don Sundquist, YRNF Chairman (1971–1973), former Tennessee Governor
- John E. Sununu, former New Hampshire U.S. Senator
- Mauricio J. Tamargo Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
- Robert C. Tapella, 25th Public Printer of the United States
- John Tobia, Florida State Representative
- John M. Traier, former New Jersey State Banking Commissioner
- Tom R. Van Sickle, YRNF Chairman (1965–1967), Kansas State Senator
- David Vitter, Louisiana U.S. Senator
- F. Clifton White, political consultant; the Draft Goldwater movement
- Christie Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor, former United States Environmental Protection Agency Director
- Bill Young, Florida Congressman
- Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense.
- Martha Roby, Alabama Congressman.
- Kelly Arnold, Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party
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