Monday, February 14, 2011

State GOP Launches 'Emerge46' Program

There is one voting bloc adding 4 million eligible voters nationally every year. By 2020 — the first presidential election in which this voting bloc will have all reached voting age — about 90 million of them will be eligible voters, close to 40 percent of America’s total eligible voters.

Meet the youth vote, the Millennial Generation.

In an effort to better reach this generation of voters in the 46th state in the union, the Oklahoma Republican Party today announced the launch of Emerge46. The program is aimed at those in college, starting a career or starting a family.

The program will connect emerging generation voters with College Republican and or Young Republican clubs and activities.

The OKGOP will be a financial supporter of these organizations, and will provide them with training and tools to help further conservative Oklahoma candidates and causes.

Congressman James Lankford and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb will serve as Co-Chairs.

Also serving on the board will be Stephanie Milligan, state President of the Oklahoma Federation of Young Republicans and Megan Yarber, President of the Oklahoma Federation of College Republicans.

"I’m very passionate about the emerging generation, as I’m part of it, and I believe it’s time for us to step up to the plate and begin making the case for the Republican brand," said Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell, the youngest state GOP Chairman in the country.

"The emerging generation is winnable and must be fought for."

Lamb commended the announcement: "My focus has been on creating an environment in which our young people can work and thrive in a prosperous Oklahoma. I am pleased that the Oklahoma Republican Party is reaching out to this emerging generation to solicit their involvement and ideas in our political process."

Lankford stated: "As someone who has worked with the next generation for many years, I applaud the Oklahoma Republican Party's commitment to members of this emerging generation. This is the moment to engage a group of people who want to make a difference in our world."

For more information, visit the Emerge46 website at

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