Young Guns is a recruitment program that identifies candidates across the country who embody the principles of the House Republican Conference and show promise of running a successful campaign.
Co-founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the program seeks to grow the Republican Majority in the House of Representatives.
Young Guns is broken into three levels containing measurable goals that a candidate must achieve to advance in the program. Candidates who achieve Young Gun status have successfully collaborated with the NRCC and completed the benchmarks that establish a path to victory on Election Day.
In the 2010 wave election, more than two-thirds of the NRCC Young Guns (62 of 92) were elected to Congress. In 2012, the program helped to elect 35 new Republican Members to the 113th Congress.
Said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, “The Young Guns program recruits top tier candidates to challenge their liberal opponents and bring sound, conservative principles to their home districts and to Washington, D.C.”