Chandler Thornton is the National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Prior to being elected in 2017, he served two one-year terms as Northeast Regional Vice Chairman during the 2016 cycle, and previously as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans during the 2014 cycle.
Chandler is a proud graduate of American University, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree with concentrations in public management and applied politics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in American government. He received the Bryce Harlow Foundation Award for his research on the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and the Catheryn Seckler-Hudson Award for the American University graduate who best exemplified qualities of character and achievement.
Chandler is also a graduate of the Campaign Management Institute in Washington, the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute in Brussels, and was a George C. Marshall Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He was featured on the 2016 Red Alert Politics list of “Thirty Under Thirty” young conservative leaders.
During his free time, he is cheering on his favorite D.C. and Baltimore sports teams, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the great outdoors. Chandler was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland.