DESPITE DELAYS, 90 MILLENNIALS AND GEN Z MEMBERS-ELECT PREPARE TO LEAD
January 4, 2023
Despite delays, 90 millennials and gen z members-elect prepare to lead in the 118th Congress.
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January 4, 2023
More young members is a sign of more collaborative governance on the way.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Millennial Action Project (MAP) announces new data – 89 millennials ages 45 or younger and 1 Gen Zer are being sworn in as Members of Congress in the 118th Congress. That’s a 40% increase in youth representation compared to the previous 66 millennial members ages 45 and younger in the 117th. In the 118th, 56 are incumbent members while the other 34 are newly-elected members.
This surge in young people sworn in to public office is an encouraging sign for Americans hoping for a fresh, more collaborative approach to governing. Despite common misconceptions about the partisanship of rising generations, Members of Congress 45 years old or younger scored as more bipartisan than their older peers for the last three Congresses in a row.
“Young elected officials inherently understand the unique set of challenges faced by rising generations, from college affordability to criminal justice reform,” said Layla Zaidane, President and CEO of Millennial Action Project. “We need leaders who can create bold coalitions to unlock creative solutions. I have no doubt the members of the 118th Congress can be these kinds of action-oriented, collaborative leaders. MAP’s bipartisan Congressional Future Caucus is open to all young members looking to work with their colleagues across the aisle. I am so proud of the work that caucus members accomplished last congress and am excited to see this leadership continue.”
Millennial Action Project works to activate young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics. They have established bipartisan Future Caucuses in 31 state legislatures, launched the first-ever bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, and engages over 1,600 young legislators across the country to work on future-oriented policy solutions. To learn more about the young members of the incoming congress, visit here. For more information on MAP and their mission, please visit millennialaction.org or reach out to the press contact listed above.
The Millennial Action Project (MAP) is the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial elected officials in the U.S., dedicated to activating young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics. As a 501(c)(3) organization, MAP has established bipartisan Future Caucuses in 31 state legislatures, launched the first-ever bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, and engages over 1,600 young legislators across the country to work on future-oriented policy solutions. More info available at: futurecaucus.org.
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