More than a dozen 20- and 30-somethings have a real shot at being elected to Congress this November, suggesting that the apparent surge of youthful participation in national politics is not confined to the presidential contest.
The average age of members of Congress has crept steadily toward 60, but retirements should make way for some very young blood when a new House of Representatives is sworn in next January . . .
One seat that will get much younger is that of the late Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.). The March special election will pit her grandson, 33-year-old Indianapolis City-County Councilman Andre Carson (D), against 30-year-old state Rep. Jon Elrod (R).
Each was selected by local party activists over the weekend. Carson defeated state Rep. Carolene Mays (D), an established local figure who publishes an African-American newspaper. Elrod built a reputation with a tireless door-to-door campaigning style that Republicans think can win in a Democratic-leaning district.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Generation X Taking Over Congress
Aaron Blake of The Hill takes a look today at how Congress is increasingly becoming populated with younger members with Indiana's 7th District about to become a part of that trend. Blake writes: