West Virginia


January 19, 2024


CHARLESTON, WV (January 19, 2024) — Today, Future Caucus announced the launch of the West Virginia Future Caucus – a bipartisan caucus within the state legislature to encourage Gen Z and millennial legislators to work across the aisle on issues impacting West Virginians. Delegate Joshua Holstein (R) and Delegate Kayla Young (D) will lead the caucus in the state legislature. 

West Virginia is among 34 state chapters and over 1,800 young lawmakers in Future Caucus’ national movement of young elected officials collaborating to forge common ground. The young lawmakers who are a part of the West Virginia Future Caucus will help build efforts that bring civility to the political discourse and prove that good governance begins with meaningful collaboration. 

“I am proud to serve as the Republican co-chair as we launch the West Virginia Future Caucus. We all play a part in creating a better future for our state, and I’m excited to get to work on policies to help retain young people and leverage the unique opportunities that our state offers,” said Del. Holstein. 

“West Virginia has one of the highest percentages of legislators under 45 in the country. As Gen Z and millennials, we face very different struggles than a lot of our older counterparts,” said Del. Young. “I’m excited to bring all of us together under a new generational identity as the Democratic co-chair of the West Virginia Future Caucus and work to pass common-sense bipartisan legislation to move our state forward.”

“It’s been a pleasure to get to know the young lawmakers in this state over the past few years through our programming and events, and I’m so thrilled to see them take the next step and launch the West Virginia Future Caucus,” said Layla Zaidane, President & CEO of Future Caucus. “As the 34th state in the Future Caucus network, we look forward to the collaboration and bridge-building between their young legislators as they continue to show that when we work together, our country’s best days are ahead.” 

This session, the West Virginia Future Caucus plans to focus on future of work policies, such as reducing barriers to work and closing the digital divide. Additionally, they will be meeting weekly throughout the legislative session to discuss and tackle legislation impacting the future of the state.   

About Future Caucus

Future Caucus is a national, nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to bridge the partisan divide and lead a new era of collaborative governance. In 2013, it organized America’s first-ever bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress — the Congressional Future Caucus. Shaping the next generation of leadership, the organization’s Future Caucus network has expanded into 34 state legislatures and grown into the largest nonpartisan organization of Gen Z and millennial elected officials in the U.S. More information is available at: www.futurecaucus.org.

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Rep. Sara Jacobs


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