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Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans 30 and Under

Image: Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans 30 and Under Erin Stewart, Niraj Antani, and Saira Blair. (Twitter ; nirajantani.com ; sairablair.com)

By Nick Sanchez   |   Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 10:24 AM

While the face of the conservative movement is often associated with nationally recognized officeholders, there is in fact a large number of young men and women working hard every day to forge the future of the movement.

Even as younger officeholders like Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Gov. Bobby Jindal continue to take up the reins, Newsmax is dedicated to highlighting an even younger crop of professionals — the 30 and under set — who are working in fields such as politics, grassroots organizing, media, and more.

Gathered below are the names of 30 influential Republicans 30 and under who are making strides to bolster the values near and dear to the heart of the movement. Along with the names and descriptions of these standout individuals, Newsmax has also included links to further information, as well as each one's public Twitter profile.

Rankings take into account each candidate's accomplishments relative to their age, and seek to highlight emerging voices alongside established ones.

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1. Erin Stewart — In 2013, at age 26, Stewart ousted Democrat Tim O'Brien in a contest for the mayorship of New Britain, Connecticut, and won a resounding re-election this past November. According to The Hartford Courant, "Republicans in the state are talking about Stewart as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, while Democrats at the Capitol wonder if she might take a run at U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty's seat this fall."

2. Niraj Antani — Last year, at age 23, Antani won elected office as the representative of the 42nd district in the Ohio House of Representatives. Previous to that, he was the communications director for the Ohio State University College Republicans during the 2012 presidential election, and chaired the Young Americans for Romney in Ohio.

3. Saira Blair — Last year, Blair became the youngest elected state legislator in the U.S. when she won her race in the contest for the 59th district of the West Virginia House of Delegates. She is also a college student studying at West Virginia University.

4. Ashe Schow — A writer for both the Washington Examiner and Observer, Schow has garnered a lot of attention for her in-depth reporting, particularly when it comes to debunking the Democrats' "War on Women" narrative.

5. Bristol Palin— After coming to national attention as the daughter of one-time Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Bristol has made a name for herself as a thoughtful book author and blogger for Patheos.com. There, she writes inspired posts about faith and family.

6. Alex Smith — As the National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, Smith is instrumental in organizing the next generation of GOP leaders. In addition to her duties as national chair, Smith has offered commentary on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN.

7. Lila Rose — Rose is the founder and president of Live Action, "a new media nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life." In addition to education programs, the organization's investigative journalism is showcased on the widely read Live Action News.

8. Katie Pavlich — In addition to editing for Townhall.com, Pavlich is the author of "Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women," and frequently appears on Fox News.

9. Samantha Merry McNeilly — As president of the New York Young Republicans, McNeilly steers the oldest young Republican club in the nation. The organization hosts fundraisers, leadership programs, and provides many opportunities for volunteerism.

10. Joshua Riddle — Former editor of The Dartmouth Review, Riddle has served as producer on "The Laura Ingraham Show," as well as been actively involved with Ricochet.com, Acculturated.com, and PowerLineBlog.com. Along with Dartmouth classmate David Rufful, he founded YoungCons.com.

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David Rufful — Former editor of The Dartmouth Review, Rufful has worked on public policy issues as a research fellow in Dartmouth’s Political and Law Fellowship, and is currently working on a documentary film. Along with Dartmouth classmate Joshua Riddle, he founded YoungCons.com.

12. Steven Crowder — Crowder's work and commentary has been featured on prominent conservative sites like Fox News and PJ Media, and he has in recent years helmed a weekly radio show, "Louder with Crowder," on WAAM in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is syndicated via several online platforms.

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Ruth Guerra — Director of Hispanic media for the Republican National Committee, Guerra is frequently featured on bilingual news outlets like Univision, Telemundo, and CNN Espanol. She has done communications for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Rep. Sam Johnson, as well as The LIBRE Initiative, a nonprofit that promotes the values of economic freedom to Hispanic-Americans.

14. Chelsi Henry — After serving as the youngest Florida delegate at the Republican National Convention in 2012 at age 25, Henry has gone on to become a contributor to Newsmax, TheRoot.com, and Ebony.com.

15. Guy Benson — A journalist at Townhall.com and frequent Fox News commentator, Benson released a hit book, "End of Discussion," with coauthor Mary Katharine Ham this summer.

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16. Jimmy Sengenberger — In addition to helming the Liberty Day Institute, a Constitutional education nonprofit, Sengenberger also hosts a weekly political talk show on the Salem Radio Network in the Greater Denver Area.

17. Alana Goodman — A staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon, Goodman previously served as assistant online editor at Commentary, and her work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Post, and the Washington Examiner.

18. Adi Sathi — As a student at the University of Michigan, Sathi was elected the executive director of the Association of Big Ten Students, and was invited to the 2013 White House Youth Summit. He now serves as the coalitions vice chair of the Michigan Republicans and the deputy executive director of the Republican Hindu Coalition.

19. Laura Elizabeth Morales — After founding a regional chapter of Young Conservatives in Texas, Morales served as a board member for the statewide organization. She is active in San Antonio public planning organizations, and currently works as a communications strategist with the City of San Antonio.

20. Gus Portela — Currently the national executive director for the College Republican National Committee, Portela was born in Puerto Rico, and previously worked on Rick Santorum's presidential campaign in 2012.

21. Elly Maye — The YouTube star is most famous for her fun, informative video "Top 10 Reasons I’m Not a Democrat," and has garnered more than 600,000 views to date.

22. Hannah Giles — Along with fellow investigative journalist James O’Keefe, Giles made a name for herself in 2009 when she exposed ACORN, which led to its defunding by the federal government and bankruptcy. In 2010, she founded the American Phoenix Foundation "to grow the number of journalists as well as conduct other investigations."

23. Lachlan Markay — Before becoming a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon, Markay was the first investigative reporter at the Heritage Foundation, as well as a contributing editor for Newsbusters.org.

24. Jared Meyer — In addition to being a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Meyer is the coauthor of the book "Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young" and had contributed to The Federalist, Forbes, Townhall, RealClearEnergy.org, and City Journal.

25. Lori Sanders — As outreach director and senior fellow at the nonprofit R Street Institute, Sanders helps promote free markets and limited, effective government. Previously, she was program manager for AEI’s Road to Freedom project.

26. Katherine Timpf — In addition to being a regular on Fox News' "The Greg Gutfeld Show," Timpf is a reporter for National Review.

27. Joanne Nosuchinsky — The winner of the 2013 Miss New York pageant is a permanent panelist on Fox News' "Red Eye," as well as a regular on "The Greg Gutfeld Show."

28. Caiden Cowger — Since age 12, Cowger has hosted "The Caiden Cowger Program," a nationally syndicated political talk radio show. He's since expanded into the online realm with CowgerNation.com, as well as the Cowger Network on Roku.

29. Jessica Anderson — As the grassroots director for Heritage Action for America, Anderson is responsible for "identifying, equipping, and training activists to take timely action for the conservative movement." She previously worked for a Florida House member, and is a graduate of the Koch Associates Program.

30. John McCormack — A standout writer at The Weekly Standard, McCormack has covered D.C. and national politics for a number of years, and has offered many of his insights on Fox News.

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