Millennials are making their mark when it comes to running for office, and they have power when it comes to electing candidates.
In Texas alone, the number of registered voters under the age of 35 is about 4.3 million. That is 29 percent of registered voters right now. The Pew Research Center reports that millennials will likely be the largest voting block in 2020.
State Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, was first elected to office at age 27 and says when he arrived at the Texas Legislature, he recalls members looking at his class and remarking how young they were.
“Now I find that I’m that one of those guys who sees the incoming members, and thinks, ‘Oh, wow, this is a really young class of freshman,'” Gooden said.
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In 2015, according to the Texas Tribune, there were 11 members of the Texas Legislature under 35. In 2017, that number stayed about the same.
But, at the ripe old age of 35, Gooden is now looking to his next office. He is running for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who is retiring.
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