Currently Chad is at the Heritage Foundation participating in the Heritage Young Leaders Program, where he works in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. Before coming to DC, he worked as a political operative and campaign consultant for a school choice campaign in Douglas County Colorado. During the preceding two years he has spent his time working for several political organizations focused on Colorado politics and also working alongside 2 state think tanks the Centennial Institute and Independence Institute. Chad was a student ambassador with the Centennial Institute for 2 years, a position which allowed him to participate in organizing and introducing speakers at the Western Conservative Summit held in Denver, Colorado. While also attending events in Colorado and DC on behalf of Centennial with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Leadership Institute; he is a recent graduate from Colorado Christian University who looks forward to taking the lessons of faith and politics to help play a part in the world.
1. How did you get started writing for Turning Point USA?
Attending the 2013 Western Conservative Summit, I had a chance to have a meal with none other than Charlie Kirk. Having an opportunity to hear him speak at the Summit and hear about the organization he started and the mission they have really prompted me to get involved.
2. What do you enjoy about being a columnist?
Being a columnist was a dream and goal of mine for a long time and is one of the purest and classical forms of expression that rely on revelation and insight to convey your opinion. Being a columnist takes courage to be judged and confidence to overcome being corrected with a willingness to pursue your goals. I love being a columnist because it challenges me to find the heart of what I am writing about and how to best relay that message.
3. What are your goals in the political sphere?
To sharpen my political mind and develop skills and tools that will make me an asset in my line of work. Politics is not just about becoming elected or gaining favor in the public eye, but in gaining credibility for the work you do and for what you create. Becoming a political entrepreneur who can seamlessly transition into any position and build influence to battle for our cause would be my ends.
4. Who do you admire in politics and why?
I admire those who are willing to stand for something and fight for it. Ted Cruz comes to mind for undertaking a cause even though he gained a lot of enemies for it, he believes in his cause and worked to organize his grass-roots to support him. I also greatly respect political writers who are able to predict trends and conflicts like Michael Barone. Or my mentor former Colorado Senator John Andrews, he has led an incredible political career and a classical citizen career as well. But he has found an incredible way of leaving a legacy from his work and character upon the next generation of Conservatives to follow.
Check out some of Chad’s previously written articles!