Young Republicans

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Young Republicans
Chairman Dennis Cook (IL)
Founded April 23, 1931; 85 years ago (1931-04-23)[1]
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Ideology Conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
Mother party Republican Party
International affiliation International Young Democrat Union (IYDU)

The Young Republicans is an organization for members of the Republican Party of the United States between the ages of 18 and 40, though some of which have outreach programs for those between 13 and 18.[2] It has both a national organization and chapters in individual states.

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[3] and one of which[4] 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.[5] The YRNF was officially founded in 1931.[6]

Organizational structure[edit]

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.

National Convention of Young Republicans[edit]

Conventions are held every two years. The 2015 Young Republican National Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois The 2013 Young Republican National Convention was held in Mobile, Alabama. The 2011 Convention was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 2017 Young Republican National Convention will be hosted by the Maryland Young Republicans in Annapolis, Maryland.

National Leadership[edit]

As of the 2015 National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, the YRNF Executive Committee consists of:

  • Chairman: Dennis Cook of Illinois
  • Co-Chairman: Chris Carmona of Texas
  • Treasurer: John Doyle of New York
  • Vice-Chairman At-Large: Adam Ellison of California
  • Secretary: Jason Emert of Louisiana
  • Midwest Regional Vice-Chairman: Daniel Fry of Kansas
  • Northeast Regional Vice Chairman: Michael Puskaric of Pennsylvania
  • South Regional Vice Chairman: Angelyn Dionysatos of Georgia
  • West Regional Vice Chairman: Taylor Strand of California
  • Chief of Staff: Clayton Turner of Alabama
  • State Chairman's Association Chairman: Katie Regan of Massachusetts
  • Auditor: Richard Veenstra of Illinois
  • Assistant Secretary: Sarah Spence of Ohio
  • Assistant Treasurer: Michael Thulen of New Jersey

Notable Young Republican alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Teen Republicans". NJYRF. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
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  6. ^ Ernst, Howard R.; Sabato, Larry J. (2006). Encyclopedia of American political parties and elections (Updated ed.). New York: Facts On File. p. 497. ISBN 978-0-8160-5875-4. 
  7. ^ a b c Rusher, William A., "John Ashbrook: The Happy Loner", On Principle, 1 February 1999.
  8. ^ Jackson, David (September 18, 1991). "Bartlett extols experience while foes criticize record Mayoral front-runner shuns partisan labels". The Dallas Morning News. 
  9. ^ Tennessee Blue Book. Tennessee Department of State. 1971. p. 80. 
  10. ^ Mashek, John (March 29, 1987). "Bill Brock: from conservative firebrand to public servant Labor secretary called 'conscience of administration'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
  11. ^ a b c Weinraub, Bernard (July 11, 1987). "After Nixon and Reagan, Young Republicans Face '88 With Uncertainty". The New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Young Republican Leader Opposes Chicago Meeting". The New York Times. September 1, 1968. p. 37. 
  13. ^ "Politicos press flesh – with one another". Orlando Sentinel. August 8, 2008. p. B2. 
  14. ^ "Wellesley College Republicans: History and Purpose". Wellesley College. May 16, 2007. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2007.  Gives organization's prior name.
  15. ^ Andrew, John A. III (1997). The other side of the sixties : young Americans for freedom and the rise of conservative politics. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-8135-2401-6. 
  16. ^ "Greene's Troops Lose Battle Within Young Republicans". The Deseret News. March 22, 1993. 
  17. ^ Seelye, Katharine (November 27, 1995). "Scandal Puts Focus on Lingering Questions About Utah Congresswoman". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  18. ^ Jones, Boisfeuillet (July 11, 1967). "The Young Republican Plight". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Younger Activists Targeted by Parties; GOP Seems to Have Head Start With Young". Lexington Herald-Leader. November 26, 1999. p. B1. 
  20. ^ Glass, Lisa (September 1, 2002). "For Healthy Competition, Nothing Rivals Sibling Rivalry". Orlando Sentinel. p. F1. 
  21. ^ "Little Silver Councilman Announces Bid For Assembly Seat". Atlantic Highlands Herald. 2005-02-10. 
  22. ^ Todd Leopold (July 27, 2013). "The Republicans of the future?". CNN. 
  23. ^ "Rocky Campaign Proved Her Mettle". Philadelphia Inquirer. November 4, 1993. p. A21. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jon Grinspan, "'Young Men for War': The Wide Awakes and Lincoln's 1860 Presidential Campaign," Journal of American History, vol. 96, no. 2, (Sept. 2009), pp. 357–378. In JSTOR

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