HAGER CITY, WI – This week, Derrick Van Orden was named a 2020 NRCC Young Gun, a candidate that has met rigorous benchmarks and has displayed a clear path to victory in a key Congressional race.


Derrick is running to bring his decades of tested, proven leadership as a Navy SEAL and a small business owner to Washington.


The La Crosse Tribune covered the announcement yesterday. See below for excerpts from their article and click here for the full version.


Derrick Van Orden, Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, has been named a top candidate to watch by a national  Republican committee, his team announced on Wednesday.

The candidate from Hager City was named a “Young Gun” by the National Republican Congressional Committee, a group on the Hill that works to elect members from its party to the House of Representatives.

The title is given to candidates who have established a “clear path to victory,” according to the NRCC. To reach Young Gun status, a candidate must meet certain funding and campaign benchmarks.


…Van Orden is the only Wisconsin GOP candidate on the 2020 Young Guns list, though Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, who is also running for the 5th Congressional district, is on its “Vanguard” list.

Former Wisconsin congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, helped launch the Young Guns program in the 2007-2008 election cycle, in which four of its candidates defeated Democratic incumbents.

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