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.
MAP President Steven Olikara spoke with the Washington Post about the decriminalization of marijuana as a generational issue that a majority of millennials support: “How the Sessions measure infringes on states’ rights and worsens government budget deficits, not to mention the tremendous human cost, will particularly concern younger conservatives and libertarians. And they will continue walking away from the party establishment.”
“Young people in general tend to be more idealistic and less partisan. So it’s not surprising that younger evangelicals, who believe in Christian ideals such as caring for the poor and conserving the environment, are asking questions and are not rubber stamps for the President simply because of his partisan affiliation."
Decision #2016 will be moderated by Elahe Izadi, National Reporter for The Post, and feature Jamelle Bouie, Journalist at Slate; Steven Cruz, Millennial Spokesperson for The Libre Initiative; Steven Olikara, Millennial Action Project; Matthew Segal, Co-Founder of OurTime and ATTN; and Sunlen Serfaty, National Correspondent at CNN. The town hall-style forum will identify key issues and millennial concerns leading up to the next presidential election.