Eighteen-Year-Old Elected as State Lawmaker

An eighteen-year-old was voted into the West Virginia House of Delegates.

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This is one of those stories to watch. Elected at eighteen!

From CBS DC: “18-Year-Old Freshman Elected To W.Va. House Of Delegates, Becomes Youngest State Lawmaker In US.”

The Republican defeated Democrat Layne Diehl on Tuesday to win a seat in the state House of Delegates to become the youngest state lawmaker in the U.S.

“History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it is the future of this state that is now my singular focus,” [Saira] Blair said in a statement. “Since launching my campaign, I have met with and listened to the concerns of my fellow citizens, and as your delegate I will work tirelessly, and fight for each and every one of you. Now, it is time to get to work.”

Blair’s birthday was in July, so she barely met the 18-year-old minimum age for West Virginia House delegates.

Blair is a freshman attending West Virginia University. She plans to skip spring classes so she can serve as a lawmaker. The Legislature meets for 60 days from January to March.

In a May primary, the Martinsburg teen defeated incumbent Republican Del. Larry Kump, who is almost four times her age.

Blair is pro-life, pro-gun rights and pro-business. Her father, Craig Blair, is a sitting Republican state senator from the Eastern Panhandle.

[See also, “Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Are Not Opposites.”]

I sincerely mean no disrespect, but I wonder about the wisdom of any eighteen-year-old to hold state office. Then again, seeing the lack of wisdom in many people four and five times her age–and her positions on key issues–perhaps she’s about to school a lot of older folks in what it means to be a character- and principle-driven public servant. We shall see.