NRCC Loads First Round of Young Guns

Utah Congressional candidate Mia Love, who is in Washington, D.C., this week for meetings, was one of the candidates promoted to "Young Guns" status. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced its first round of Young Guns — candidates who have reached the highest tier of the committee's recruitment and candidate support program.

The candidates are a diverse group that includes two woman, one of whom is African-American; a man of Portuguese descent; an openly gay man and a Jewish man.

“These candidates have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) said in a statement.

The candidates are:

  • Veteran Jesse Kelly, running in the special election in Arizona's 8th district
  • Law student Ricky Gill, running California's 9th district against Rep. Jerry McNerny (D)
  • State Assemblyman David Valadao, running in California's new 21st district
  • State Sen. Tony Strickland, running in California's open 26th district
  • Businessman Jason Plummer, running in Illinois' open 12th district
  • Former state Rep. Jackie Walorski, running Indiana's open 2nd district
  • Attorney Andy Barr, running in Kentucky's 6th district against Rep. Ben Chandler (D)
  • Former state Sen. Richard Tisei, running in Massachusetts' 6th district against Rep. John Tierney (D)
  • Businessman Randy Altschuler, running in New York's 1st district against Rep. Tim Bishop (D)
  • Investment banker Matt Doheny, running in New York's 21st district against Rep. Bill Owens (D)
  • Attorney Keith Rothfus, running in Pennsylvania's 12th district against Rep. Mark Critz (D)
  • Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, running in Utah's 4th district against Rep. Jim Matheson (D)