(Richmond, VA) Today, Delegates Chris Peace (R-97) and Sam Rasoul (D-11) announced the creation of the bipartisan Virginia State Future Caucus, a brand-new caucus comprised of state delegates under age 45. The announcement is part of a nation-wide movement in state houses across the country where young legislators are seeking to find common ground in an era of hyper partisanship.
The caucus will focus on issues that Millennials care about, including student debt and clean energy. Virginia’s Future Caucus will be part of the Millennial Action Project’s national effort to support young elected officials as they work to break through partisan gridlock and reestablish political cooperation.
While there has been a great deal of attention directed at dysfunction and gridlock in government, there is a counter-movement underway–led by young legislators–that seeks to disrupt the status quo in government. Millennial Action Project hopes that as additional younger state legislators course a path of bipartisanship and cooperation, they will be able to bring this perspective to Washington. Currently, 15 Millennial members of Congress began their legislative careers in state houses.
Millennial Action Project is thrilled to expand its State Future Caucus Network in the South, with Virginia today joining Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, and Alabama. “It’s encouraging that Delegates Rasoul and Peace are committed to working together, across party lines, to make sure that our voices are heard at the state capitol,” said Steven Olikara, Founder and President of Millennial Action Project. “Millennials have the power to shape the future of politics in our country, if today is any indication, we have a bright future ahead of us.”
“I’m honored to serve as a Co-Chair of the Virginia Future Caucus and with my colleagues, support the work of the Millennial Action Project as we work to find new and innovative ways to tackle political issues that are important to younger generations,” added Del. Rasoul.
Del. Peace noted, “I’m thrilled to lead the Virginia Future Caucus with Del. Rasoul to ensure that the concerns of millennials are a priority when the Virginia House of Delegates sets its agenda each session.”
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