FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7th, 2017
Contact: Julia Schechter, (917) 282-2754
Millennial Mississippi Legislators Announce First-Ever Bipartisan Caucus to Tackle Issues Millennials Care About
New Caucus Will Represent the Legislative Priorities of the Hundreds of Thousands of Millennials Living in Mississippi
(JACKSON, MS) Today, Representatives Jeramey Anderson (D-110) and Toby Barker (R-102) announced the creation of the bipartisan Mississippi State Future Caucus, a brand-new caucus comprised of state legislators under age 40. With more than half of millennials believing they don’t have a say in how government operates, this new caucus will be a voice for the hundreds of thousands of millennials living in Mississippi. Anderson and Barker join the Millennial Action Project’s national effort to support young elected officials who are working to break through the partisan gridlock and reestablish political cooperation on issues that millennials care about, from redistricting to technology to the economy. Millennial Action Project has worked with more than 300 state legislators in 15 states, including Texas, Nebraska, and California.
“By uniting behind generational issues, rather than instead of just party affiliation, millennials leaders can change the game and build meaningful, nonpartisan change,” said Steven Olikara, Co-Founder and President of Millennial Action Project. “I’m thrilled that millennial leaders like Anderson and Barker are taking the lead in Mississippi to ensure that the issues millennials care about are a priority.”
"In today’s society bipartisanship isn’t an option anymore - it is a requirement if we are to effectively confront the real crises facing not only our state but the nation as well. We’re leading the effort in our State to break through partisan gridlock to reestablish political cooperation, and I’m honored to serve as the Co-Chair for the Mississippi Future Caucus,” said Rep. Anderson.
“Millennials think about the legislative process in a different way: we engage with each other and have discussions even if we disagree,” said Rep. Toby Barker. “The Mississippi Future Caucus will be a place where young lawmakers come together and tackle serious issues that those of us in the younger generation actually agree on.”
Future Caucus members are working throughout the country on issues that millennials care about, emphasizing putting an end to political gridlock. For example, last week Future Caucus member Representative Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) introduced a bill to reform the redistricting process.
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The Millennial Action Project (MAP) is a national, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to bridge the partisan divide and lead a new era of collaborative governance. In 2013, MAP organized America’s first-ever bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Shaping the next generation of leadership, MAP's Future Caucus Network has expanded into fifteen state legislatures and grown into the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial elected officials in the U.S. More info available at: www.millennialaction.org.