West Virginia University Student to Become the Youngest Lawmaker in the Nation


West Virginia University student, Saira Blair, is officially the youngest lawmaker in the country. The college freshman won a seat as a Republican on the West Virginia House of Delegates during Tuesday’s election.

Saira Blair already has a political background of sorts as the daughter of West Virginia State Senator Craig Blair. The Associated Press reports that she defeated her opponent, Democrat Layne Diehl with 63% of the votes to her 30%.

Blair’s key campaign platforms were based on “a pledge to work to reduce certain taxes on businesses” along with pro life and pro gun plans. After the votes were tallied, Blair said on her campaign’s Facebook page, “I am deeply grateful to my supporters, volunteers, friends and family for their kind work during the campaign. I also want to thank my opponents for running a positive and competitive race.”

She went on to say in the same Facebook post, “History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it s the future of this state that is now my singular focus. Since launching my campaign, I have met with and listened to the concerns of my fellow citizens, and as your youngest delegate I will work tirelessly, and fight for each and every one of you. Now, it is time to get to work.”

Blair certainly made history according to policy analyst, Morgan Culen, which reported that out of the more than 7,300 United States legislators, less than 5% are under the age of 30.

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