Barron Trump Makes Political Debut as Florida Delegate to Republican National Convention
Barron Trump Makes Political Debut as Florida Delegate to Republican National Convention

By Jacob Burg

Barron Trump, former President Donald Trump’s 18-year-old youngest son, will serve as a Florida delegate to the Republican National Convention, state party Chairman Evan Power said on May 8.

Mr. Power, who has served as the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) chairman since January, said Mr. Barron Trump was chosen as one of the 41 at-large delegates from Florida to the party’s national convention. There, the GOP is planning to nominate President Trump as the party’s 2024 presidential candidate.

The 18-year-old high school senior has been mostly hidden from public view but will graduate on May 17. His father will be allowed to attend his graduation ceremony after Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing President Trump’s hush money trial in New York, agreed to postpone court proceedings on May 17. Previously, Judge Merchan was reluctant to allow the former president to attend the ceremony, which drew the ire of President Trump.

“We are fortunate to have a great group of grassroots leaders, elected officials, and members of the Trump family working together as part of the Florida delegation to the 2024 Republican National Convention,” Mr. Power said in an email statement.

“The RPOF is ready for a great convention in Milwaukee, but more importantly, we are excited as we continue to lay the groundwork in Florida for success. Mark my words, we are going to win, and we will win big in November!”

Mr. Power provided a full list of Florida’s 41 at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention, which is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 15 to July 18. President Trump’s sons, Eric Trump and Don Jr. Trump, as well as his daughter Tiffany Boulos, are also 2024 delegates.

The selection of President Trump’s children for at-large delegates shows how involved the former president’s family is in Republican politics, particularly in Florida. His oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, was his only child who was not on the delegate list.

Other at-large delegates include state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, state Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson, state Attorney General Ashley Moody, former state Attorney General Pam Bondi, state Rep. Randy Fine (R-Brevard), U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Trujillo, and Trump associate Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Mr. Barron Trump attends Oxbridge Academy, an exclusive private school near his father’s Mar-a-Lago resort and home. It was reported that the former president’s youngest son enrolled in the West Palm Beach school in August 2021 as a sophomore. At the time, administrators for Oxbridge Academy sent out an email to parents to notify them of Secret Service presence now that Mr. Barron Trump would be attending.

“A small contingent of [Secret Service] agents will be present during each school day,” wrote Ralph Mauer, the school’s head. “We are working directly with the Secret Service to ensure that logistics and security work smoothly and discreetly with little impact on students, faculty, staff, or day-to-day operations.”

The school is notable for its 2011 founding by billionaire Bill Koch, the brother of Charles and the late David Koch, who ran Koch Industries. Oxbridge Academy’s annual tuition is $34,800 for high school students. Mr. Barron Trump previously attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School near Washington.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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