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How Could a Millennial Be a Senior Senator?

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Lately, there’s been a battle between Gen Z and Millennials.

Are Millennials lame now?

Who has the better style?

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Okay we all had a skinny jeans phase but I love my baggy jeans

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Millennials aren’t too happy about the fact that skinny jeans are out.

Who has the better roasts?

Yikes …

Georgia’s senior senator is a Millennial

But Millennials have a leg-up on Gen Z: They’re old enough to be in politics. The newly elected senior senator in Georgia – Jon Ossoff – is 34 years old. A “senior” 30-year-old might sound like an oxymoron, but we’re seeing more and more young folks stepping up. How many other political peeps are Millennials? First things first, let’s break down how one of the youngest Congress members gets to be a senior.

Every state has two senators because they had to even out the playing field. (Representatives are based on population, giving one rep to Alaska and 53 reps to California.) Between the two senators, there is one with seniority, or “preferential treatment in matters such as committee assignments,” according to the Senate glossary.

Ossoff’s fellow Georgian senator, Rev. Raphael Warnock, is two decades older, but he doesn’t get seniority. According to 11Alive, this is because Georgia had a really odd election. Among other chaos, it’s not common that two senate races are going at the same time. But simply put, Ossoff was running for a seat that had more years on it than that of Warnock’s run. He will have a longer term, so he has seniority.

They seem to be cool about it, as Warnock tweeted a pic of him chatting with the Millennial senator, with the caption “@ossoff trying to explain how he gets to be the senior senator from Georgia.”

More Millennials in the legislative branch

We’re seeing young people get closer and closer to the minimum age for senators (30) and representatives (25). Here are two more Millennials that are taking over the more seasoned officials. 

1. Madison Cawthorn

This 25-year-old Republican representative from North Carolina bumped Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez from the youngest member spot. He’s also the youngest member of Congress in 60 years. When he won his election over the 60-year-old Democratic representative, he tweeted, “Cry more, lib.”

2. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez

At the age of 29, this Democratic New York representative was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Since her election, AOC has consistently made headlines for her progressive ideas and her clapbacks on social media and TV.

So, Gen Z and Millennials are in a battle of the roasts, and we don’t know who will come out victorious. But in the meantime, Millennials are making moves in politics. It won’t be too long before Gen Z is taking over. Until then …

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