As the most visible and vocal names in the Republican Party and the conservative rebirth age out of public life, many are worried that there will be a fight in the near future to keep conservatism, constitutional values, and our country steering on a good course rather than buckling.
Newsmax compiled a list of 30 of the most influential young Conservatives and Republicans coming up now.
“The average age of the 435 members currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives is 57, and the average age among the 100 U.S. senators is 61. But a new generation of Republicans is rising to replace those soon to retire from office and, in some cases, even challenge those who would like to hold onto power despite advancing age.
This diverse group of Republicans under the age of 30 includes men and women of many different backgrounds, races, and areas of expertise. While some have been elected to state legislatures, work as commentators, and run nationally recognized, influential political organizations, others are sharing conservative ideas and commentary with non-traditional audiences on podcasts, social media, and other platforms where young people are more likely to tune in.
In their own ways, these Republicans are reaching a generation that must reconcile the apparent disdain for members of their party in the mainstream media with Republicans’ continued ballot box success. It will be their collective duty to educate their peers and show how Republican principles are not only worth considering, but also worth living out each day and voting to support.”
Their list includes:
1. Hope Hicks — A former child model and actor who became a public relations professional after college, Hicks, 29, joined Trump’s presidential campaign as press secretary after working on Ivanka Trump’s fashion line. She now serves as the White House communications director, the youngest person to ever hold the position. She is considered a top Trump adviser and is one of the most senior members of his administration despite her age.
2. Mary Elizabeth Taylor — This 28-year-old found her way into the national spotlight during the Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings when the media began to speculate about the identity of the young woman of color sitting in the gallery day after day. Taylor is a former Senate cloakroom staffer who helped broker backroom deals to get legislation passed. After the November 2016 election, she became special assistant to President Donald Trump handling presidential nominations, with more than 100 confirmed nominees this year.
3. Antonia Okafor — This 28-year-old beauty queen is a champion of concealed carry and the Second Amendment. She started EmPOWERed, a nonprofit organization that seeks to train college women to use guns safely on campus. Okafor debuted at CPAC in 2017 on Katie Pavlich’s NRA panel “Armed and Fabulous” and shared the stage with President Trump in April at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. She is a frequent Fox News and Blaze TV contributor.
4. Lauren Aronson — The press secretary for the House Ways and Means Committee, 29-year-old Aronson worked to spread the word on the benefits of the GOP tax bill that was recently passed and signed into law. Previously, she served as press secretary for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and as a senior media relations associate at the American Enterprise Institute.
5. Kayleigh McEnany — A longtime CNN contributor who started out as a producer on Mike Huckabee’s Fox TV show after graduating from college, McEnany was famous for her confrontational style in debating left-leaning CNN commentators and hosts like Van Jones and Charles Blow. In August 2017, the 29-year-old left CNN suddenly to become the RNC spokeswoman. Her book, “The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement,” was released in January.
6. Rep. Christina Hagan — In 2011, while still in college and waiting tables at two restaurants, Hagan became the youngest woman ever elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and has been re-elected by larger and larger margins each year since. Now 29, Hagan has held multiple leadership positions including Midwest chair of the ALEC Women’s Caucus and chair of the Electoral College in Ohio for then-President-elect Donald Trump.
7. Charlie Kirk — In 2012, at just 18 years old, Kirk founded Turning Point USA, an advocacy group for young conservatives. Now 24, Kirk serves as the nonprofit’s executive director and is credited with leading the “millennial assault” during the Trump campaign. Turning Point USA has a presence on more than 1,000 college and high school campuses across the country.
8. Rep. Aaron Pilkington — Healthcare policy is the issue that animates this 27-year-old, and Pilkington has wasted no time after being elected to the Arkansas House in putting forth innovative healthcare legislation that is expected to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars while improving care at the same time. He also voted to cut regulations, protect the unborn, and promote constitutional carry in the state.
9. Rep. Niraj Antani — At 26, Antani is already serving his second term in the Ohio House, where he is the youngest-serving member. He received the Legislator of the Year award from the AMVETS organization in Ohio for helping veterans and the Distinguished Government Service Award by the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools for his work to make higher education more accessible to the middle class.
10. Rep. Chuck Gray — Being the youngest member of the Wyoming State Legislature didn’t stop 27-year-old Gray from becoming lead sponsor on Wyoming’s first pro-life bill in more than two decades, which was signed into law in 2017. Gray also advocates controlling state spending and working against tax increases. He communicates his conservative principles by hosting two local radio programs.
11. Ryan Fournier — Still a political science major at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, 22-year-old Fournier founded and served as national chair of Students for Trump and has been frequently featured on Fox News, CNN, NBC, and many other media outlets. Fournier will graduate college in 2018 and is working on launching a nonprofit, Generation Onward, to advocate for America First policies on U.S. college campuses.
12. Joseph Picozzi — Elected as the youngest-ever chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans, 22-year-old Picozzi took a team of campaigners to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to stump for Donald Trump, Sen. Pat Toomey, and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick in 2016. A graduate of Georgetown University’s government program, he recently landed a job as staff assistant in the Office of the House Majority Leader.
13. Diante Johnson—At only 21 years old, Johnson has already founded the Black Conservative Foundation, a millennial-targeted organization that promotes policies that lead to economic stability, educational opportunities, and community service and leadership. The Chicago native has run for local office in Illinois, served as a field director for the Trump campaign, been featured on CNN and other media outlets, and recently wrote a piece for the Washington Examiner about the benefits of the tax reform bill.
14. Michael Knowles—This 27-year-old burst onto the scene in early 2017 by making The New York Times Best-Seller List with a book called “Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide,” which was endorsed by President Trump in the early months of his administration. The book’s pages were all blank, but Knowles went on to become a political commentator and managing editor for Ben Shapiro’s site, The Daily Wire.
15. Lawrence B. Jones III — Working with Project Veritas in 2013, Jones was involved in exposing fraud by vendors enrolling individuals in the Obamacare marketplace plans. Only 25, Jones has his own show on TheBlaze Radio Network and is a contributor for Blaze TV, Fox News, and other media outlets. In 2016, Jones exclusively interviewed the parents of Micah Johnson, a Dallas resident who ambushed and shot police in a much-publicized incident.
16. Tomi Lahren — It was a tumultuous year for Lahren, 25, who reportedly lost her job at TheBlaze for publicly supporting pro-choice views during a guest appearance on “The View,” and then later sued her former employer for wrongful termination. Meanwhile, she became a Fox News contributor and spokeswoman for Great America Alliance, a pro-Donald Trump super PAC. She continues to provide commentary on conservative issues and is a strong millennial voice within the Republican Party.
17. Gus Portela — In 2017, the 28-year-old went from executive director of the College Republican National Committee to director of external affairs and operations at the Hispanic Leadership Fund in Washington, D.C. Portela has worked extensively to foster online engagement about voting among millennials and has been actively involved in several major political campaigns, including Rick Santorum’s presidential primary campaign in 2012.
18. Juan Pablo Andrade — This 23-year-old has worked with Trump and the RNC since the 2016 campaign as an adviser on the National Diversity Coalition and at the nonprofit America First Policies as a policy adviser. Andrade has been a contributor for NewsmaxTV, CNN Latino, Univision, Telemundo, and The Hill on issues like immigration and diversity.
19. Katie Pavlich — A journalist who writes regularly for Townhall.com and The Hill, Pavlich is also a National Review Washington Fellow and television commentator on Fox News’ “The Five.” The 29-year-old wrote “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up” and “Assault & Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.” Pavlich also speaks on college campuses across the country about conservative issues.
20. John McEntee — A former starting quarterback for the University of Connecticut’s football team and viral YouTube trick-shot star, this 27-year-old first joined the Trump campaign as a volunteer in 2015. He worked his way up and now serves as the president’s body man and personal aide. As Politico put it, “He’s one of the few White House staffers who gets his calls answered on the first ring.”
21. Kassy Dillon — This Mount Holyoke University senior created Lone Conservative, a platform to give conservative students a place to voice for their opinions and report liberal bias and abuse. The 21-year-old has also been a staff contributor at Campus Reform and contributor to Red Alert Politics, The Daily Wire, Fox News, and The Hill. Dillon focuses on free speech and cultural issues as they impact college students.
22. Gabrielle Boschè — A 28-year-old expert on the millennial generation who has written four best-selling books on millennial issues, Boschè founded and runs The Millennial Solution, a training and consulting company that uses her expertise to help companies understand and motivate millennials who work for them. Boschè also gave a now famous TED talk about the millennial generation and encourages entrepreneurship and free-market principles whenever she can.
23. Kristin Tate — At age 25, Tate has already published her first book, “Government Gone Wild,” and has a second, “How Do I Tax Thee?”, being released in March. Tate is also a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and NewsmaxTV, where she offers conservative views on the issues. She also writes a regular column for The Hill.
24. Cabot Phillips — The 24-year-old media director of the online publication Campus Reform and director of campus outreach for the Leadership Institute also worked on Marco Rubio’s presidential primary campaign in 2016. Perhaps most famously, Phillips is also a YouTube partner with videos that have more than 100 million views. He created “man on the street” videos during the election season that were featured on Fox News and other radio and TV shows and is a regular contributor to Fox News, TheBlaze, and NewsmaxTV.
25. Chelsi Bennett — A motivational speaker, political strategist and commentator, and pastor’s wife, Bennett, 29, has her hands full but seems to handle it all with grace and competence. She was the youngest elected official in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2010, all while earning her law degree and serving as a campus missionary. She also helped found 20/20 Leaders of America, a bipartisan criminal justice reform organization. Bennett remains a busy professional while living in Richmond, Virginia, and running a young adult ministry with her husband.
26. Sadie Robertson — Like her famous father and grandfather (Willie and Phil Robertson), the 20-year-old “Duck Dynasty” — and “Dancing With the Stars” — star publicly endorsed Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election. Robertson does not focus as much on politics as some of her other family members, but makes no secret of her conservative, pro-life views or her Christian faith as she speaks to young audiences across the U.S.
27. Lila Rose — A leading voice in the pro-life movement, Rose started the organization Live Action when she was only 15. The organization made a series of undercover videos at Planned Parenthood locations showing that the organization often failed to report illegal situations like a purported prostitution ring or women who were abused. Now 29, Rose writes regularly for The Hill, Politico, USA Today, and First Things. She also speaks internationally on culture and family issues.
28. Chandler Thornton — In June, Thornton was elected national chairman of the College Republican National Committee after serving as the Northeast regional vice chair. The CRNC has more than 250,000 members on 1,800 college campuses and has been active for 125 years. As national chairman, Thornton, 24, wants to advocate for conservative policies that will bring about positive change for the country and appeal to young voters.
29. Thomas Hern — The 25-year-old former youth organizer began a new adventure in November as grassroots director at ACT for America, an organization of 750,000 conservatives that advocates for legislation to promote conservative policies. This position builds on Hern’s experience as director of field operations for Turning Point USA, which holds youth conferences to mobilize young adults and educate them about conservative issues.
30. Eli Nachmany — After taking time off to work as a full-time, paid staffer on the Donald Trump for President campaign as an advance press lead, Nachmany graduated summa cum laude from New York University at age 21. He has been accepted to Harvard Law School but is deferring his start date to work as a political appointee in the Trump administration, specifically as a writer with the Department of Interior.
The Newsmax crew also went on in another article to post most influential Republicans in tech. According to Newsmax despite the tremendouse anti-conservative people in Silicon Valley, these 25 high-tech heavyweights run against the grain in Silicon Valley and beyond, wielding their influence, forward-thinking, and resources to promote Republican candidates and ideals.
1. Peter Thiel — The billionaire co-founder of PayPal last year threw his support, and a big chunk of his money, behind Trump, earning him a speaking spot at the GOP convention. Thiel made headlines — not because of his Silicon Valley ZIP code, but because of his sexual orientation. “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican,” he has said. “But most of all, I am proud to be an American.” Thiel isn’t just a Trump Republican; he’s donated almost $5 million to various GOP candidates and PACs over the past few years.
2. Larry Ellison — Oracle co-founder and executive chairman Ellison has donated over the years to Democrats and Republicans, but hosted fundraisers for Sen. Rand Paul in 2014 and Marco Rubio in 2016. In addition to hosting the Rubio dinner, Ellison was reportedly the second-largest donor to the Florida senator’s 2016 presidential bid through Conservative Solutions PAC, giving the super PAC $4 million throughout the campaign. The billionaire has continued to support the GOP after the November election, hosting a Republican fundraiser in his Silicon Valley home in April 2017.
3. Meg Whitman — The former Hewlett-Packard and eBay executive ran for governor of California as a Republican in 2010, losing badly after pouring $144 million of her own money into the race. She backed Chris Christie in 2016 but endorsed Clinton over Trump after Christie dropped out. Still, she said, she remains a staunch Republican.
4. Marc Andreessen — While funding and supporting Democrats in the past, Andreessen, the co-founder of Netscape and a director of eBay, Facebook, and Hewlett-Packard made a political shift when he threw his considerable weight, and wallet, behind Mitt Romney in 2012. “You do not get a high-end, professional CEO running for president very often,” the co-founder and partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz told CNBC at the time.
5. Michael Dell — The Dell Technologies founder and former CEO has a long history of backing Republicans, including many in his home state of Texas. While he regularly makes smaller donations to (mostly) GOP candidates, he made a whopping $250,000 contribution in 2002 to the Republican National Committee. Even though his company is headquartered near Austin, Texas, Dell has developed strong ties to Silicon Valley by establishing mentors and opening an R&D center there.
6. Scott McNealy — The Sun Microsystems co-founder, who self-identifies as a “raging capitalist,” is bullish on Trump. “I’ve never seen anybody who actually is a developer and an entrepreneur in charge and understanding what really projects capability in our country,” McNealy told Fox Business. In 2012, he also backed Mitt Romney, with whom he shares a secondary school alma mater in Michigan.
7. Steve Ballmer — The former Microsoft CEO has given plenty of cash to Democrats, but he is a self-described Republican who worked on George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and has helped many other GOP candidates. He has offered tempered praise for Trump’s travel ban, saying it’s “important to have reasonably secure borders.” And he said Trump’s message about business stimulating jobs inside the country “is not a bad theme at all.”
8. Paul Otellini — The former Intel CEO and president tried to work closely with the Obama White House, despite once famously saying the Democrat did not understand “what it takes to create jobs.” But Otellini, an executive with Trident Capital Cybersecurity, has made no secret of his preference for Republicans. He publicly backed, and financially supported, both John McCain and Romney in their races against Obama.
9. Sarah Pompei — Possessing a lengthy Republican résumé before making the jump to Silicon Valley: Pompei advised Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial bid in 2010, ran Romney’s regional press in 2012, and worked briefly in the House GOP leaderships. She then left politics for senior communications roles at Hewlett-Packard and, now, rideshare app Lyft.
10. Garrett Johnson — Co-founder of tech startup SendHub, Johnson differs from most other influencers considered among “Newsmax’s 25 Most Influential Republicans in Tech” as his impact is more felt at the grassroots level. As executive director and co-founder of the Lincoln Network, he’s a leader in building up and organizing right-leaning thinkers in the tech community in an effort to affect public policy with technological solutions driven toward freedom.
11. Scott Banister — A PayPal board member and tech mega-investor, Banister strongly backed Rand Paul last year and supported Paul’s father Ron in 2012. When Rand Paul quit the race, Banister, a marijuana rights activist who describes himself as a Libertarian, threw his support to Ted Cruz. Banister’s wife Cyan is also a Republican super-donor.
12. Palmer Luckey — The 24-year-old founder of Oculus Rift took a bare-knuckled approach to the 2016 campaign, helping to finance a pro-Trump group that created harsh anti-Clinton memes. Specifically, the group, Nimble America, ran a billboard campaign featuring Clinton with the caption “Too Big to Jail.” Luckey self-describes as a Libertarian.
13. Tim Armstrong — The current AOL Inc. chief executive’s support for Republicans has caused headaches for one of AOL’s big media properties, the left-leaning Huffington Post, which quoted a “source” in 2011 saying Armstrong “calls himself a libertarian,” but is in fact “one of the most conservative people around.”
14. Don Scifres — The president of the tech startup SmartFile, Scifres is a venture capitalist who co-founded the SDL Capital investment firm and Spectra Diode Laboratories. Scifres has been a go-to GOP donor for years; in 2016, he backed Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz.
15. Aaron Ginn – An early founder of the growth hacking movement, Ginn specializes in data science and product development. He’s also one of the co-founders of Lincoln Network, formerly Lincoln Labs, an incubator for conservative tech professionals who, according to its website, is “devoted to building alliance of liberty and technology.” He also worked on Romney’s campaign in 2012.
16. Chris Abrams — The co-founder and chief technology officer of Matters Media, which he describes as a “digital publishing holdings company with a tech twist.” Abrams is a self-described technologist and entrepreneur who previously worked with large organizations such as NASA and the Department of Defense, but also worked with dozens of small startups. He also works with Ginn on Lincoln Network.
17. Brian Krzanich — The CEO of Intel since 2013, Krzanich agreed to host a Trump fundraiser last year at his California home but canceled it. Amid uproar, he later said he was staying neutral in the 2016 election. But unlike many other tech leaders, he has decided to work very closely with Trump in the White House.
18. Eric Jackson — Jackson, a former PayPal executive, is also the co-founder of CapLinked, a group focused on linking tech companies and investors. He has been active in conservative causes for decades and frequently appears as a conservative commentator on radio and TV.
19. Keith Rabois — A technology entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Rabois is known for his early-stage startup investments and his executive roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square. In response to Thiel’s convention speech last year, he tweeted that the “tech industry is primarily out of touch by being too far to the Left.”
20. Andrew Torba — According to TechCrunch, Torba “described himself as a lifelong ‘conservative Republican Christian,’” but is also the co-founder and CEO of Automate Ads and more famously the founder and CEO of Gab, a free speech-minded alternative to Twitter.
21. Scott Slinker — The CEO of analytics startup Paradata is a staunch supporter of Trump. Slinker told CNBC that the president is “racist for the American employee . . . He wants to get America back to work, and I think that’s a great thing.” Upon reflection, he stuck by his controversial words. “I hope you don’t edit that out,” he told the “Raw Story” host.
22. Dr. Susan Amat — A self-described serial entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in strategic entrepreneurship, Amat is the CEO and founder of Venture Hive, which finances startups and other tech companies. She served as an adviser to Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign.
23. John Rampton — The CEO of Due, a financial advice platform for small-business owners, backed Trump, he told USA Today, because “I like when business people run for president.” He’s donated to the Trump campaign because Trump “speaks his mind and doesn’t care what people think. That is how you effect change.” It’s not the most popular stance in the valley where, Rampton told the newspaper, “once a day, I’m asked to f*** myself for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap.”
24. Tim Draper — The Bitcoin CEO is not overtly partisan and once said he doesn’t “fit into either political party.” Nonetheless, he has been a registered Republican who financed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other GOP candidates and has spoken out strongly against Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. In 2000, he spent $20 million of his own money on a failed effort to support school vouchers.
25. Tom Siebel — From 2009 to 2014, the Siebel Systems founder gave almost $350,000 to political candidates. Most of this largesse went to independents, but a big chunk went to GOP candidates and none went to Democrats. He also planned to host a fundraiser for Sarah Palin at his Woodside home in 2008, but the event was canceled.
There are others to watch and encourage. Here are a few more powerful Republican voices under age 30.
1 . Jill Upson — She represents the 65th Delegate District in West Virginia and holds the distinction of being the first black Republican woman elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in the state’s history.
2. Diamond and Silk – My personal vote here. Not only are they funny, but more importantly they are savvy and willing to place themselves in the social media limelight in order to “shake not stir” those who need to hear truth.
3. Justin Gallagher – He was not only the youngest ever elected member of the Harbor Creek School Board in Pennsylvania at age 20 but he did that inside a heavily Democrat county.
4. Zuri Davis -Mmedia writer for Rare who has been featured on Fox News and One America News Network. She leans toward libertarian and supported Rand Paul.
5. Ninio Fetalvo – He serves as a spokesman and the Florida Communications Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC). He also serves as the RNC’s Asian Pacific American Press Secretary, where he works to engage Asian American communities across the country with the Republican Party’s message of opportunity for all.
Others can be found on an old Red Alert website page. (Red Alert has since merged with Washington Examiner.)
The point of the post is obvious and yet not so obvious to some. There are a lot of conservative influential adults under the age of 30 right now who are making a difference. They may lean more libertarian like Ron Paul. They may or may not accept Trump. But the plain fact is there is life that goes on after we older patriots fade away. Not only are there Republican younger mature people, but they have in several cases a huge fund of money, brain power, and enthusiastic energy that they are willing to put where their beliefs and ideals fall — FOR THE US AND THE US CONSTITUTION and against a more socialized, communistic ideology.
In case you are wondering why I did not title the piece Republican–frankly I don’t give one seed in a poop dropping what the name of a party is. I do care that the republic we know as the USA, the constitution, the ideals and morals, and the energy of our people remain as the driving force behind any politics. I would far rather see NO political party be allowed in any election and that those running are allowed to rise or fall on their own merit without owing any political machine or PAC. In this day of communication and social media it is just as possible to place yourself in a strong position without all of the backbiting, manipulation, and drama of political parties.
Not being up on the younger generations, it is a relief to know that at least for now there are powerful people and names that more than likely will be shaping the future of our country. Let’s hope their views of the US and our place in the world can continue to see our national sovereignty and future political needs again intertwined with the constitution and our core beliefs.
This absolutely does not mean that we can lay down that mantle and simply slump back into our couches for a well-earned rest. WE ARE NEEDED just as much as the younger Republicans are to stop all that we have seen as treasonous or seditious and to continue to guide as long as possible to give the younger groups time to mature and grow.