Republicans Abroad

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Republicans Abroad
Republicans Abroad International Logo.png
Formation 1978
Founder Bill Brock and Richard Beeman
Extinction 2013
Purpose Political Advocacy
Headquarters Washington D.C.

Republicans Abroad (also known as Republicans Abroad International) was a global political organization for Americans living outside of the United States. Republicans Abroad (RA) was headquartered in Washington D.C.[1] and used that geographic advantage to maintain direct contact with political leaders and policymakers. Though the international entity has dissolved, the individual chapters remain as independently operated organizations throughout the world, and continue their active role in coordinating American voters living overseas, advocating the Republican platform and principles, engaging with the press, and hosting local events.[2][3]


Until the passage of the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975, US citizens overseas could not vote in federal elections.[4] After President Gerald Ford signed this legislation into law, citizens living abroad were permitted to cast an absentee ballot in their state of residence.[4] Shortly after ratification, former Republican National Committee Chairman, Bill Brock, and former chairman of UK Republicans,[5] Richard Beeman, established Republicans Abroad in 1978[6][7] to organize the estimated 3 million American overseas constituents, the majority of which were Republican.[3][8]

Republicans Abroad hosted a weekly radio-show via wsRadio titled Republicans Abroad Radio.[9] The show aired live weekly for several years. Guests to the show included President Ronald Reagan's Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Grover Norquist, and members of Congress.

In January 2013, Republicans Abroad International closed,[10] leaving its chapters to continue forward as independent organizations.

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  1. ^ "NNDB". Soylent Communications. 
  2. ^ "Republicans Abroad Norway". Republicans Abroad Norway. 
  3. ^ a b Austein, Michelle (January 25, 2008). "Americans Abroad Participate in Republican, Democratic Politics". United States of America, Embassy. U.S. Department of State. 
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Kevin (July 30, 2015). "The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act: Overview and Issues" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. 
  5. ^ Ristow, William (September 25, 1976). "A Million Absentees Pulling Votes from Overseas". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016 – via Chicago Tribune Archives.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ Beeman, Richard. "Richard Beeman". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "Republicans Abroad" (PDF). U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Germany. U.S. State Department. 2015. 
  8. ^ Dougherty, Philip (February 28, 1985). "Advertising; An Agency Born of Friendship". New York Times. The New York Times Company. 
  9. ^ Dillon, Cynthia. "Republicans Abroad Radio". Republicans Abroad Radio. wsRadio. 
  10. ^ "About Republicans Abroad". Facebook. Retrieved April 21, 2016.