Young Guns is a recruitment program led by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of Congress passionate about taking back the U.S. House and firing Speaker Pelosi permanently. The NRCC provides operational support to the Young Guns Program.
Co-founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by former Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), current House Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns Program identifies candidates across the country who embody the principles of the House Republican Conference and show promise of running a successful campaign.
Young Guns is broken into three levels containing measurable goals that a candidate must achieve to advance in the program. Candidates who achieve full Young Guns 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 Young Guns candidates (62 of 92) were elected to Congress. In 2020, 25 Young Guns were elected. Only one DCCC Red to Blue candidate won their seat in 2020. The Young Guns program has helped elect over 150 members of Congress.