State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Ohio, was named to Newsmax’s “30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30” list for a second consecutive year, the conservative publication announced Jan. 12.
“While a majority of these young people come from political backgrounds — including a few who even hold elected office — they all possess a great influence in promoting Republican values that belies their ages,” Newsmax wrote.
“Whether the influence of these 30 is demonstrated by becoming a viral sensation, by taking on the mantles of leadership, or by laying the groundwork to organize and propel other Republicans, Newsmax’s rankings take into account each candidate’s accomplishments relative to their age and seek to highlight emerging voices alongside established ones,” it added.
Antani, who recently was reelected as the state representative in Ohio’s 42nd District (see I-W article here: http://bit.ly/2fPl90H), came in at No. 4 on this year’s list.
“I sincerely appreciate Newsmax naming me to this honor,” the Indian American lawmaker, who was sworn into office Jan. 3, said in a statement.
The GOP state representative was also appointed as vice chairman of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, in addition to the legislative work he hopes to do for his district.
“I am fighting every day for young people across Ohio to ensure all millennials can get an affordable education and a good paying job,” Antani added in his statement. “We must fight today to ensure our generation’s success in the future.”
The 25-year-old Antani won office in 2014 just a year out of college before gaining reelection in 2016. Prior to his legislative career, Antani served as the communications director for The Ohio State University College Republicans during the 2012 presidential election and as chair of Young Americans for Romney in Ohio.
Michigan Republican Party vice chair Adi Sathi, also appearing on the list in back-to-back years, came in at No. 20.
The 26-year-old is one of the youngest members of the convention’s leadership. In addition, Sathi is an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies legislative fellow in the office of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Senate president pro tempore and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Tomi Lahren, 24, topped the list in 2017, thanks to the “Tomi” show in TheBlaze TV. Lahren, Republican Leadership Initiative director Elliot Echols, 26, and Independent Women’s Forum senior policy analyst and director of health policy Hadley Heath Manning, 28, were the only people who finished ahead of Antani.
In 2016, Antani was ranked No. 2 on Newsmax’s list, and was joined by Sathi, who came in at No. 18.