Rick Loughery was unanimously elected as the National Chairman of the Young Republicans in July 2019. As chairman, Rick has set an aggressive agenda for the Young Republican National Federation to increase engagement with young conservatives and double its membership, train one million young leaders and activists, recruiting young candidates to run for office, and make a big impact electing Republicans across the country in 2020. For the first time in the organization’s history, the Young Republican National Federation unanimously adopted national goals to strengthen the organization and support Republicans up and down the ballot. In 2020, the Young Republican National Federation deployed volunteers into 25 states over 10 weeks during the fall campaign with Young Republicans making more than 23 million voter contacts, sending 24 Young Republicans to Congress and thousands of Young Republicans to state legislatures. Rick has committed Young Republicans to building a better, stronger GOP and elevating Young Republicans as party leaders now and into the future.
Previously the state chair of the Pennsylvania Young Republicans, Rick rebuilt the organizational structure, created more opportunities for young conservatives to get involved within the Republican Party and made more than one million voter contacts by Young Republicans in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania was recognized as the nation’s best Young Republican organization in 2018 and Rick was personally presented with the inaugural General George H. Olmsted Award for exceptional leadership by the Young Republican National Federation.
In November 2011, Rick became the youngest county official in Pennsylvania when he was elected as the Recorder of Deeds for Chester County. As Recorder, Rick established a new program honoring our veterans and built partnerships to prevent real estate fraud. He was re-elected in 2015 and, over his two terms in office, he has saved more than $21 million dollars to help the county balance its budget and keep taxes low. In 2017, Rick was recognized by the American Society for Public Administration with the Excellence in Local Government Award.
Rick earned his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Rick is active within the community and has been recognized as an emerging leader and distinguished young professional.