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The Young Republican National Federation, commonly referred to as the Young Republicans or YRNF, is a 527 organization for members of the Republican Party of the United States between the ages of 18 and 40.[2] It has both a national organization and chapters in individual states. Although frequently confused, the YRNF is independent from the College Republican National Committee.

Young Republican National Federation
ChairmanRick Loughery (PA)
FoundedApril 23, 1931; 88 years ago (1931-04-23)[1]
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
Mother partyRepublican Party
International affiliationInternational Young Democrat Union (IYDU)

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.


Although Young Republican organizations existed as early as 1856 with the founding of The New York Young Republican Club[3], the Young Republican National Federation was formed by George H. Olmsted at the urging of Herbert Hoover.[4] The YRNF was officially founded in 1931.[5]

Organizational structureEdit

The YRNF has limited control over its state federations. A few states, including Montana and the District of Columbia, act as both a state and local chapter, while a majority of states, including Texas and 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 and 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 woman 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 an auxiliary of the Republican Party. YRNF owns the trademark to the term "Young Republican" and the YRNF logo.

National Convention of Young RepublicansEdit

Conventions are held every two years. The 2019 Young Republican National Convention was in Omaha, Nebraska where Rick Loughery was unanimously elected Chairman for the 2019-2021 term. The 2017 Young Republican National Convention was held in Annapolis, Maryland. 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.

National leadershipEdit

As of the 2019 National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, the YRNF executive committee consists of:

Notable Young Republican alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Cornell Daily Sun 23 April 1931 — The Cornell Daily Sun". The Cornell Daily Sun. 1931-04-23. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  2. ^ "Teen Republicans". NJYRF. Retrieved 2016-09-24.
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  4. ^ Guernsey, JoAnn Bren (2010). Hillary Rodham Clinton : secretary of state. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7613-5122-1.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b c Rusher, William A., "John Ashbrook: The Happy Loner", On Principle, 1 February 1999.
  7. ^ Jackson, David (September 18, 1991). "Bartlett extols experience while foes criticize record Mayoral front-runner shuns partisan labels". The Dallas Morning News.
  8. ^ Tennessee Blue Book. Tennessee Department of State. 1971. p. 80.
  9. ^ Mashek, John (March 29, 1987). "Bill Brock: from conservative firebrand to public servant Labor secretary called 'conscience of administration'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Young Republican Leader Opposes Chicago Meeting". The New York Times. September 1, 1968. p. 37.
  12. ^ "Politicos press flesh – with one another". Orlando Sentinel. August 8, 2008. p. B2.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Greene's Troops Lose Battle Within Young Republicans". Deseret News. March 22, 1993.
  16. ^ Seelye, Katharine (November 27, 1995). "Scandal Puts Focus on Lingering Questions About Utah Congresswoman". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  17. ^ Jones, Boisfeuillet (July 11, 1967). "The Young Republican Plight". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  18. ^ "Younger Activists Targeted by Parties; GOP Seems to Have Head Start With Young". Lexington Herald-Leader. November 26, 1999. p. B1.
  19. ^ Ashley Alman; Ryan Grim (25 September 2015). "11 Things About Kevin McCarthy You Need To Know, Or Might As Well Know". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 May 2017. By the mid-‘90s, he was chairman of the California Young Republicans and then moved up to be chairman of the Young Republican National Federation.
  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". The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 4, 1993. p. A21.

Further readingEdit

  • 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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