In Washington, Millennial Lawmakers Are Reaching Across The Aisle

The four youngest members of the Washington legislature are two Democrats and two Republicans who find generational common ground in spite of their political differences. (Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network)

Nine of the 147 members of the state legislature in Washington are under 34 years old — putting them in the “millennial” generation.

These millennials are bucking some of the recent polling about their generation — that they don’t like traditional politics, or identify as either Republican or Democrat (according to the Pew Research Center), or that they don’t trust the government (per a recent Harvard study).

These young lawmakers are trying to encourage other millennials to get involved. And they’re also finding some generational common ground across party lines.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network reports.


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