California Future Caucus

Leadership in Action: Bipartisanship and Young America

Polls show just more than half of young American voters believe that today's political discourse is far too polarized and partisan. With the 2020 election cycle fast approaching, the country's youngest voting bloc appears eager for change in the way Washington operates. Many issues that are top of mind for young Americans will require the support of both parties in Congress to reach the President's desk and be signed into law. 

At a time when hyper-partisan rhetoric seems to be dominating the national political debate, is a middle ground possible on key policy issues? How are leaders in Washington working to keep the American Dream alive and what conditions need to be created to ensure that good ideas gather support, regardless of the political landscape?

Continuing our Leadership in Action series, The Hill will convened congressional leaders and policy experts for an evening of conversations to explore the nation's legislative climate and the political pulse of the country's youth. 


  • Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)

  • Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)

  • Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

  • Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA)


  • John Della Volpe, Founder, SocialSphere and Director of Polling, Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics

  • Cherisse Eatmon, State Caucus Network Director, Millennial Action Project


  • Vicky Wilkins, Dean, School of Public Affairs Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill

  • Peter Greenberger, Publisher, The Hill

  • Julia Manchester, Staff Writer, The Hill

California's Millennial Caucus Aims to Engage Young People in Politics

California's Millennial Caucus Aims to Engage Young People in Politics

But it's not like millennials aren't politically motivated. This is a generation that is civically engaged, demands our country reckon with the ugly parts of its past, and uses hashtags to draw attention to causes and enact actual change. We just don't vote for some reason. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that 58% of millennials in one poll said they don't believe elected officials share their priorities, and 62% believe elected officials are motivated by selfish reasons. Our not voting only exacerbates that feeling, by allowing politicians who don't share our values to take office.