Baby boomers loosen their grip on Congress – JP


Citizens must be 30 years old to serve in the Senate and 25 to serve in the House, as stated in the Constitution. But while all millennials are now old enough to qualify for the House, they are underrepresented there. Millennials are about 22 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for a little under 12 percent of the House.

That matters, both Munger and Burgat said. Younger lawmakers might emphasize policy issues that resonate with their generation, like home ownership, student debt relief and climate change. Gen Zer Frost came to Congress informed in part by his gun control activism.

“What does retirement even mean for us? I mean, for real, what does it mean?” said millennial Lauren Underwood, an Illinois Democrat starting her third term. “We certainly have a different perspective where we’re not all confident that we will achieve more than our parents, or even parity with our parents.” 

Millennials Katie Britt of Alabama and J.D. Vance of Ohio won their races this cycle, joining Jon Ossoff of Georgia in the Senate. The generation gained an even bigger foothold in the House, with a total of 52 members born from 1981 to 1996, including new additions like Anna Paulina Luna of Florida and Summer Lee of Pennsylvania.

Barriers to entering politics, like wealth and stability, still remain for younger candidates. But they have a couple of advantages too, Burgat said. Those with social media skills have successfully nationalized their brands to shake up traditions on Capitol Hill.

Las Vegas News Magazine

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