Before spending money and lending support to candidates during this year’s elections for state Senate and House of Delegates, Unite America wants to recognize models of bipartisanship in the General Assembly.
Congress and almost half the states have a caucus created for and by millennials. Last week, Virginia became the 22nd state with a bipartisan caucus of young lawmakers meant to focus on the issues most important to millennials. The Virginia Future Caucus, as it’s called, is inspired by the Millennial Action Project, a national bipartisan organization that encourages young people to get involved in politics and to build coalitions once they are elected to work on issues important to millennial voters.
Dels. 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.
A group of delegates announced a new bipartisan caucus — the Virginia State Future Caucus, aimed at millennials and the concerns of young people. It drew some ribbing for setting the age range at under 45, but the 19 new delegates who won in last fall’s elections have injected youth into the House of Delegates. Before, only 22 percent of the House was under age 45; now, it’s 34 percent, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
A bipartisan, nationwide organization seeking to involve young people in politics has established a chapter in Virginia, focusing on such issues as student debt relief and government transparency, officials said Wednesday. The Millennial Action Project has created the Virginia Future Caucus, consisting of young lawmakers who vowed to work across party lines.
On Wednesday, lawmakers announced the Virginia’s Future Caucus as a coalition loosely defined for millennials. They aren’t checking IDs: Several lawmakers under 45 are part of the new contingent. Creating those bipartisan bonds, and advocating for issues that affect young people – student debt, affordable college, the changing job market, green energy and new technologies – is part of the reason lawmakers want to get together on a regular basis.
Members of Virginia’s House of Delegates found out Wednesday as 10 young or young-at-heart lawmakers announced the formation of the Virginia Future Caucus.Informally known as the millennial caucus, members broadened the group’s age range to welcome delegates under 45 years of age. Millennials are typically defined as those born in 1980 or later.