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View Diary: A Missing Generation: Should 18-year olds Be Allowed to Run for Congress? (30 comments)

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  •  I'm Not Sure the Age Limits are the Problem (3+ / 0-)
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    jlms qkw, johnny wurster, Tool

    For example:

    The minimum age at which one can become a member of the House of Representatives is 25.  Patrick Murphy--the youngest representative--is 30.  The average age of the House of Representatives is 57.

    The youngest age at which one can become a member of the Senate is 30. Chris Murphy--the youngest Senator--is 39.  The average age of the Senate is 62.

    The real kicker is the average age of newly elected officials--49.2 for the House and 53.0 for the Senate...

    It would be an interesting experiment to see if lowering the age at which someone could run would have the effect of lowering the actual age of congress (since right now the limits are 25 and 30 and nobody of those ages is getting in).

    I don't think I could ever vote for an 18 year old, because I was 18 once. :)

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:49:37 AM PDT

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