state government

Hurdles Remain for Millennials Entering State Politics

Jan 20, 2017
Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Pasco, is the youngest member of the Florida legislature. She's 21.
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  From March 7 to May 5, proposals on a host of issues like college affordability and healthcare access will be debated among Florida lawmakers in the annual legislative session. But who are the lawmakers making the decisions to shape Florida’s future? More specifically, are millennials, or people the U.S. Census defines as born between 1982 and 2000, proportionately represented in the Florida legislature?

The data suggests: Not really.

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