The Kansas Young Republicans has a rich tradition in Kansas Republican politics.
On September 6, 1880 at the Republican State Convention in Topeka, the Young Republican Men's Club, the precursor to the Kansas Young Republicans, was founded.
In a letter to Young Republicans across the state, Henry E. Asp, the first president said, "It is believed that this plan will best promote the interests of the party, and be of incalculable benefit to the young Republicans of Kansas, in preparing and training them for the political duties soon to devolve upon them."
Continuing a tradition of involvement, the annual gathering of Republicans in Kansas, Kansas Day, was started in 1892 by Young Republicans. Over 100 Young Republicans attended the first Kansas Day to hear speeches given by Young Republicans from across the state.
Harry Frost stated at the first Kansas Day, that the club is "An organization to promote Republicanism, and to call together in a social way, upon the anniversary of Kansas admission into the Union, the Young Republicans of the State."*
As women were enfranchised in Kansas, the organization gained recognition as the Kansas Young Republicans Club and has consistently played a role in Republican dominance in the state of Kansas.
Our mission is to bring young professionals into the Republican Party, to provide young people an opportunity for political expression and recognition, to train Republican leaders, and to provide a practical means by which they may contribute to the Republican Party as a service to our Nation, our State, and our local communities.
The KYRs are here to support the principles, objectives, and platform, of the Republican Party and to work to ensure the elections of all duly nominated Republican candidates. Our organization has local chapters throughout our great State.
The Kansas Young Republicans has produced countless Republican leaders, from local office-holders to U.S. Senators.
Current Board of the Kansas Young Republicans
|Vice-Chair at Large||Daniel Fry|
|National Committeeman||Neil Melton|
|National Committeewoman||Carly Miller|
Former Chairmen of the Kansas Young Republicans
|Melissa Ward, 2015-2016||Phil Kline, 1958|
|Brandon Kenig, 2013-2015||Glenn Cogswell, 1955|
|J.R. Claeys, 2011-2013||Sam Lowe, 1954|
|Mark Taylor, 2009-2011||Paul A Lackie, 1949|
|Chad Lawton, 2007-2009||James A. Putnam, 1947|
|Shawn Cowing, 2005-2007||W.C. Jones, 1942|
|Jesse Borjon, 2003-2005||Ralph Rodgers, 1940|
|Scott Schneider,1999-2003||John Fontron, 1938|
|Richard Walker, 1975-1977||Fred Seaton, 1936|
|Jones H. Miller, 1970-1973||Arthur J. Ericsson, 1928|
|Ron Wilkinson, 1965-1967||R.E. Booth, 1924|
|Gene Smith, 1963-1965||Henry E. Asp, 1880|
|David Wheeler, 1961-1963||Don Porter, unknown|
|John Anderson, Jr., 1961||Ned Cushing, unknown|
|Don Concannon, 1960|