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. 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 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, 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 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 Republicans
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.
As of the 2019 National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, the YRNF Board of Directors consists of:
- Chairman: Rick Loughery of Pennsylvania
- Co-Chairman: Sean Pumphrey of South Carolina
- Vice-Chairman At-Large: Lila Nieves-Lee of Washington, D.C.
- Treasurer: Spencer Head of New Jersey
- Assistant Treasurer: Jack Blakely of Virginia
- Secretary: Desiree Brown of Texas
- Assistant Secretary: Trystine Payfer of California
- Auditor: Conor McCarthy of Illinois
- Midwest Regional Vice Chairman: Nick Morgan of Minnesota
- Northeast Regional Vice Chairman: Lia Fahey of Massachusetts
- South Regional Vice Chairman: Hayden Padgett of Texas
- West Regional Vice Chairman: Woodrow Johnston of Nevada
- State Chairman’s Association Chairman: Brian Maher of New York
Notable Young Republican alumni
- John Ashbrook, former US Congressman from Ohio‘s 17th
- Allison Ball, Kentucky State Treasurer, former Kentucky Young Republican National Committeewoman
- Steve Bartlett, former US Congressman from Texas
- Aaron Bean, Florida State Representative
- Robin Leo Beard Jr, former Tennessee Congressman
- Marsha Blackburn, US Congresswoman from Tennessee
- Karl Brabenec, New York State Assemblyman, former YRNF Regional Vice Chair
- 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 and Republican Presidential Primary Candidate
- Dean Cannon, Florida State Representative (Speaker Designee)
- Jim Cawley, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
- Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, New York U.S. Senator  and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
- John Cornyn, Texas U.S. Senator
- Charlie Crist, Florida Governor
- Chris Dorworth, Florida State Representative
- John N. Dalton, former Virginia Governor
- Mike Duncan, RNC Chairman, former Kentucky YR Chairman
- Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation
- Eric Eisnaugle, Florida State Representative
- Ron Estes, Kansas Congressman, former YRNF Assistant Treasurer
- 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
- Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
- Enid Greene, YRNF Chairman (1991–93), Utah Congresswoman
- Adam Hasner, Florida State Representative
- Donald Lukens, YRNF Chairman (1963–65), Ohio Congressman
- Chad A. Lupinacci, New York State Assemblyman
- Kevin McCarthy, YRNF Chairman (1999–2001), California Congressman;  House Majority Leader
- Bill McCollum, Florida Attorney General, former U.S. Congressman
- Patrick McHenry, North Carolina Congressman
- John Mica, Florida Congressman
- Jason Murphey, Oklahoma State Representative
- Steve Neuhaus, Former New York State Young Republican Chairman, County Executive of Orange County NY
- 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
- Martha Roby, Alabama Congressman.
- William Rusher, publisher and activist in the Draft Goldwater movement (1961–64)
- Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General, former YRNF Auditor
- 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 (1977–79), political consultant
- Don Sundquist, YRNF Chairman (1971–73), 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
- 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
- Lee Zeldin, New York Congressman
- College Republicans
- Teen Age Republicans
- Republican Party (United States)
- Republicans Overseas
- Young Democrats of America
- The New York Young Republican Club
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