New research shows Millennial candidates sweep into Congress, State Legislatures across the country
January 25, 2021
Following the widespread certification of election results around the country, the Millennial Action Project (MAP) released all-new research on a nationwide movement to elect millennials to Congress and state legislatures.
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January 25, 2021
WASHINGTON — Following the widespread certification of election results around the country, the Millennial Action Project (MAP) released all-new research on a nationwide movement to elect millennials to Congress and state legislatures.
The Millennial Action Project can now confirm that the 117th Congress will see the largest cohort of young Americans ever. As of January, 81 U.S. representatives will be 45 or younger, including 23 freshmen and 58 incumbents from both parties.
State legislatures next year will have a whopping 1,641 millennial representatives, out of 7,383 total state seats. This year’s elections saw 340 new millennial candidates elected to state office, including the first millennial Libertarian in Wyoming, Marshall Burt, and the country’s first openly-nonbinary state representative, Mauree Turner of Oklahoma.
“Whether for Congress or state legislatures, millennials are running for office like never before,” said Steven Olikara, Founder and CEO of MAP. “This research confirms that millennials aren’t just running for office, they’re winning.”
Nowhere proves that theory better than Florida and New Hampshire. Each state has seen their legislature gain 19 new millennial representatives. From the inroads made in 2018 to the progress cemented in this year’s election, millennial political power—and a whole new generation of leadership—continues to grow up and down the ballot in red, blue, and purple states across the country.
“These representatives in Congress and in legislatures across the country have the power to establish a new political paradigm built on compassion and coalition-building. They have an unparalleled opportunity to reject the partisan entrenchment of the past and unite to bring the generational change our country needs,” Olikara continued. “They are the future of our democracy and our country.”
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 30 state legislatures, launched the first-ever bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, and engages over 1,500 young legislators across the country to work on future-oriented policy solutions. More info available at: futurecaucus.org.
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