Renewable energy creates jobs, supports rural communities and provides alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. Today, state legislators in Iowa from both parties took part in a renewable energy industries tour across the state.
If there's a bridge for partisan divides, at least in the state of Iowa, it runs through renewable fuel sources. Or so that's the thinking of the Future Iowa Caucus, a bipartisan group of state legislators age 40 and younger who swung through Mason City as part of a broader tour to learn more about energy "success stories" in the area.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers toured two renewable fuel plants in Mason City. They want to better understand how to help this industry thrive and better fuel Iowa's economy. Four of the group were part of the Iowa Future Caucus. They are a caucus of lawmakers under 40-years-old who want to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to address issues of the future.
On August 2-4, 2019, Millennial Action Project (MAP) hosted its 3rd Annual Future Summit at Vanderbilt University. A bipartisan group of over 60 young elected officials joined MAP in Nashville, Tennessee for discussions surrounding policy issues impacting future generations, and tactics to foster more collaborative governing environments in their statehouses.
Layla Zaidane, COO of Millennial Action Project, which aims to bridge partisan divides by mobilizing young people into office, highlights AOC’s transparency in her communication, "Breaking down the barriers between who we’ve traditionally seen as holding the power and sharing that with the people who put her there, the voters and general public, is an inclusive way to build civic engagement.”
In the next general election, millennials are expected to represent 27 percent of eligible voters, the second-largest group behind baby boomers, according to the Pew Research Center. Despite those numbers, however, my age group is underrepresented in elected office. One national group aims to increase young people’s influence in public policy, and it’s growing its footprint in Iowa.
Millennial caucus: Rocky River GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez has been named one of four co-chairs of the Congressional Future Caucus, which the Millennial Action Project describes as the “only bipartisan group of legislators under age 45 in Congress focused on next generation leadership and policy solutions.”
The Millennial Action Project announced the selection of Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, and three other congressional leaders as the new co-chairs of the Congressional Future Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators under the age of 45 who are focused on next-generation leadership and policy solutions.