2013 Elections

WASHINGTON, DC —  The Young Republican National Federation held their bi-annual Convention to elect the Young Republican National Federation (“YRNF”) leadership team for the term 2013-2015.

Jason Weingartner of New York was elected by acclamation to the position of Chairman. Previously Weingartner had served as a Vice Chair at Large of the YRNF and lead the Young Republicans in New York State and New York City. Weingartner also serves as the Finance Director of the New York Republican Party.

“I am honored to be elected to lead an organization of so many talented young political leaders ” said Weingartner. “Young Republicans are taking leading roles in our party across the country, attracting new members from all walks of life. As RNC Chairman Reince Preibus made clear in his speech, we are the present of the party and on the vanguard of expanding it and persuading all parts of our society of the power of Republican ideas.”

Dennis Cook of Illinois was elected by acclamation to the position of Co-Chairman. Previously, he had served as Auditor of the YRNF and lead the Illinois Federation of Young Republicans. He is President of Strive Strategies and served for six years as the President of Consolidated District 230 Board of Education, overseeing a budget of over $140 million and more than 1,000 employees. Cook was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor in 2010 and earned more than 55,000 votes in the 6-way primary.

“I’m honored to have been elected Co-Chairman of the YRNF,” said Cook. “i’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and helping build stronger Republican Party by helping elect Republican candidates from all levels of government.”

In addition, the YRNF also elected

  • Vice Chair at Large Peret Pass of Florida
  • Secretary Jack Dusik of Virginia
  • Treasurer Chris Mays of California
  • Auditor Brian Wollet of Ohio
  • Northeast Region Tony Howley of New Jersey
  • Midwest Region Michael Neal of Indiana
  • Southern Region Vice Chair Luke Niles of Texas
  • Western Region Vice Chair Jessica Sena
  • Assistant Secretary Jason Whitman of Wyoming
  • Assistant Treasurer Daniel Ballori of Puerto Rico
  • Chair of the State Chairmen’s Association Meagan Hanson of Georgia

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus spoke to the convention about the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project and the role of grassroots political organizations in strengthening the Republican Party and message.

“The Young Republicans have demonstrated themselves as an organizational force,” said Weingartner. “I look forward to working with the RNC and other Republican and conservative organizations across the country to share our successes in building Republican organizations and impacting elections, especially in communities where Republicans have underperformed.”

Among the speakers at the Convention were:

  • Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus
  • U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, a former Chairman of the Alabama Young Republicans
  • Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama
  • U.S. Representative Martha Roby of Alabama, a Young Republican
  • U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder of Kansas, a Young Republican
  • Leslie Rutledge, a Young Republican and a candidate for Attorney General in Arkansas

“I also want to thank the Young Republican Federation of Alabama for organizing such an outstanding convention and showing us their beautiful state and sharing the story of Republican success,” said Weingartner.

The Young Republican National Convention had over 300 Young Republican activists from over 30 states. It was hosted by the Young Republican Federation of Alabama.