Virginia Future Caucus Co-Chairs
On Wednesday, February 14, Representatives Christopher Peace (R-97) and Sam Rasoul (D-11) announced the creation of the Virginia Future Caucus. The two co-chairs were joined by other young elected officials and MAP staff at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond to launch the initiative.
Future Caucus News
A sea of change flooded into the General Assembly this session. During the 2017 election cycle, Virginians voted in a wave of young legislators. In last year's session, lawmakers under the age of 45 represented 22 percent of the body. In 2018, they make up 34 percent; a 55-percent increase.
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.
Young lawmakers announced a new "Virginia Future Caucus" on Wednesday. The group, made up of those 45 and younger, hope to create a bond among millennial lawmakers and be a voice of the generation on issues in the Virginia General Assembly.
Prompted by an influx of young legislators and a new sense of bipartisanship, members of the General Assembly on Wednesday announced a new caucus focused on millennial issues. The caucus – called the Virginia Future Caucus – consists of a bipartisan group of state legislators under the age of 45.
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.
That’s Steven Olikara, president and founder of the Millennial Action Project. No it’s not a craft beer club. It’s a nonpartisan organization aimed at working with millennial policymakers to overcome gridlock. He’s celebrating the creation of the Future Caucus at the General Assembly, a bipartisan group of millennials and even a few Gen Xers.