College Republican Leadership



Chandler Thornton

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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 “30 Under 30” list of young conservatives, the 2017 Maverick PAC “Future 40” list of young professionals, and the 2018 Newsmax “30 under 30” list of most influential Republicans.

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.


Tom Ferrall

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Tom Ferrall is the National Co-Chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Prior to being elected in 2019, he served two one-year terms as Chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation, and previously served for a year as President of the University of Dayton College Republicans.

Tom is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He has extensive campaign experience throughout his years in politics, including serving as a staff member on Senator Rob Portman’s 2016 re-election campaign. Tom also served as Campaign Manager for multiple races in southwest Ohio, and is currently an associate at FP1 Strategies in Washington, DC.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Tom is an avid fan of New York sports teams. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve College Republicans, and is looking forward to growing the conservative movement on campuses across the country.



Ty Seymour


Ty is currently a student at Southern Connecticut State University, majoring in Political Science and History. Ty is the re-founder of the SCSU College Republicans, served as the Chairman of the Connecticut Federation of College Republicans since September 2016 to May 2019. He has previously served as Northeast Regional Vice Chair

Ty is also heavily involved with the sport of swimming and its governance, and is currently serving on several national committees for United States Swimming and is the Athletes’ Executive Committee Leadership Chair. He also is active in volunteering, and has helped raise awareness for Alzheimers and drowning prevention.


Caitlin Holman


Caitlin Holman is currently serving as the Midwest Regional Vice Chair for the College Republican National Committee. A Senior from Lincoln, Nebraska, she is majoring in Political Science and History at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL).

Caitlin previously served as Midwest Regional Vice Chair for 2 years and State Chair of the Nebraska Federation of College Republicans (NFCR) for two years. Prior to this, she served for a year as NFCR Communications Director. She also spent over 2 years as the University of Nebraska – Lincoln College Republicans Chapter President and has worked for the Nebraska Republican Party for the past 3 years.


Matt Denaro

Northeast Regional Vice Chair




Courtney Britt

Southern Regional Vice Chair

Courtney Britt has been heavily involved in College Republicans for the past six years. Throughout that time she has served in various capacities ranging from chapter chair to state chair of the Virginia Federation. Coming from a state with elections every year, she has worked on numerous campaigns including managing a state house race won by 124 votes in 2017. For the past two years she worked for the Republican Party of Virginia’s General Counsel to help ensure fair elections across the commonwealth. She is currently the Research & Policy Director for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus.

Courtney graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in philosophy and French and is currently a third year law student at the University of Richmond.  She was the 2018 Virginia Bar Association Law School Counsel President and is an active member of the Junior League of Richmond.



Bailey O’Connor

Midwest Regional Vice Chair

Bailey O’Connor is the Midwest Regional Vice Chair. Prior to being elected RVC, Bailey served as Chairman of the Nebraska Federation of College Republicans and has worked on several campaigns including those of Senator Deb Fischer and Congressmen Don Bacon.

Bailey graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Economics with a focus in mathematics. Using data and her strong relationships across the country, Bailey works to improve voter turnout and voter registration efforts on college campuses.

Bailey currently works full-time in the Financial Services sector and actively assists the with community development in Omaha, NE promoting fiscal conservatism.



Judah Waxelbaum

Western Regional Vice Chair

Judah Waxelbaum is the Western Regional Vice Chair. Judah is a senior at Arizona State University with a major in Political Science. Since 2017, he has been involved with College Republicans, currently in his third term as the Arizona College Republicans Chairman. In 2018, Judah was the Political Coordinator for the Maricopa County Republican Committee, the largest Republican controlled county in the United States.

When Judah is not working to elect Republican candidates, he enjoys watching sports, and being active in the pro-Israel community.  He is a back to back AIPAC Activist of the Year, winning the award in 2019 and 2020.



Dallas Ernst



Ben Rajadurai

Executive Director
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Ben Rajadurai is currently serving as Executive Director. Ben, a resident of North Attleboro MA, is a graduate of Stonehill College. At Stonehill College, Ben re-built his College Republican chapter into one of Massachusetts’ largest and most active chapters and became a two-term Chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans.

MACR expanded to 25 chapters under Ben’s leadership and remained one of the premier youth political organizations in the commonwealth. During the 2018 cycle, Ben served as campaign manager for Helen Brady overseeing the Massachusetts GOP’s most successful down ballot campaign. Ben is a rabid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan and can usually be seen arguing about it incessantly on Twitter.