Changing of the Guard
Perhaps it's the looming threat of climate change and concern about the future of the planet. Or frustrations over injustices they've witnessed during their lifetime, or a desire to solve problems in their communities themselves. Whatever the driving force, an increasing number of young people have been entering politics around the country and the world in recent years. During the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, for instance, more than a fifth of the 91 freshmen members-elect were millennials, according to the Pew Research Center. The current election cycle may swell those numbers even further as a record 703 millennials are running for Congress, compared to just 264 in 2018. Variations of this narrative are playing out in countries around the world. Here are some of the youngest elected leaders holding office right now.