The young mayors and politicians posted below are shaking up and making a huge difference in the United States of America.
Michael Tubbs Is the 27-Year-Old Mayor of Stockton, California
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Being the mayor of any city isn’t an easy job, but it’s especially difficult in Stockton, California. Michael Tubbs, 27, is a native of Stockton, where high crime rates, bankruptcy, and a housing crisis are among the city’s worst problems. After graduating from Standford in 2012, Tubbs ran for Stockton City Council and won. His campaign even caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who donated $10,000 to his cause.
He then announced he was running for mayor in September 2015 and was endorsed by none other than Barack Obama. Tubbs won the seat with an overwhelming 70.6% of the vote. This made him both the city’s first black mayor as well as the youngest person to hold that position when he was 26. He’s now working to improve conditions for residents and has tackled tough issues like police shootings.
26-Year-Old Mayor Matt Gentry Wants More Transparency
One demand that resonates with Millennials is to have more transparency in U.S. government. Young people who are starting their adult lives want to know, where are my tax dollars going? Is my representative working on the issues? Is my voice being heard? In Lebanon, Indiana, Matt Gentry was thinking the same thing.
At 26-years-old, Gentry ran for mayor and won, making him the youngest person to hold the seat. He shook up the norm from the beginning, as his first order of business was to remove the door from the mayor’s office and declared that he wants his administration to be “as citizen-friendly as we can possibly be.” He also aims to improve education and job opportunities.
Danica Roem Wants To Improve Quality of Life for Virginians
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Danica Roem was inspired to change legislation after former President George W. Bush proposed to ban same-sex marriage in 2004. The 33-year-old Roem is not only a Millennial politician but the first openly transgender person to be elected and serve in U.S. state legislature. On November 7, 2017, Roem became a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, defeating Bob Marshall, who held the position for 13 years.
Although she admits it took a lot for her to be convinced to run for office, her campaign ended up raising $500,000 and was endorsed by Victory Fund, EMILY’s List, Run for Something and other organizations. One of her main priorities is improving commute times and overall quality of life for people in her District 13 of Virginia.
Elise Stefanik Is the Youngest Member of Congress
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Not only is Elise Stefanik the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress, she’s also the youngest out of all of the House of Representatives. Elected at 30-years-old, Stefanik represents New York’s 21st district. The Harvard grad worked with President George W. Bush’s administration and with Paul Ryan’s campaign being forging a campaign of her own.
Many Millennials say they want to hear less about political parties and focus on the issues, and Stefanik agrees. She’s co-chair of the Tuesday Group, which she says, “is comprised of members who are willing to work across the aisles to advance policy solutions for their constituents, and I look forward to working on critical issues facing our nation in this important role.”
Mayor of Compton Aja Brown Negotiated Peace Between Gangs
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Compton, California’s rough reputation precedes itself, as its often named in the rap and hip-hop world with its affiliation with gangs and violence. The city also has a young population, with an average age of 25, and the community was ready to welcome a young Mayor who promised change. That’s when Aja Brown stepped in.
After graduating from USC and working as an urban planner, Brown ran for Mayor of Compton at the age of 31 and won in July 2013. She became the city’s youngest mayor with a platform that promised to create a “New Vision for Compton.” In 2014, Brown reached out to rival gang leaders and helped negotiate a peace agreement. She was able to decrease violent activity and crime by an incredible 65% compared to 25 years prior.
Daniel Riemer Defeats State Assembly Member Who Was Elected Before He Was Born
When Daniel Riemer decided to run for Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012, the 26-year-old went up against Peggy Krusick. She had held the seat since 1983, three years before Riemer was even born!
Riemer graduated law school before running for office. He ended up beating Krusick 85.4% to 12.8%. The Democrat does admit that ageism, as well as the age gap, can be an issue in communication and changing policies in U.S. government. He says, “I get along better with younger Republicans than some older Democrats.”