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Millennials leap across partisan divide in Jackson

Jeramey Anderson, D-Moss Point, and Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, started the coalition of lawmakers under the age of 40 with the help of the Millennial Action Project, a national organization that is trying to end partisanship and gridlock in legislatures across the country.

Anderson and Barker seemed to have one thing in common when they met. Both were the youngest member of the House when they were first elected, Barker at age 25 in 2007 and Anderson at 21 in 2013...

...There are 17 lawmakers under the age of 40 in the caucus: 11 Republicans and six Democrats. The goal, Anderson said, is to have an open debate, not a further division between the generations.

“What we want to do is create a different environment for more structured conversation that crosses partisan lines,” he said. “Our biggest struggle is trying to not create a generational divide in the Legislature.”


Posted March 21, 2017 - 8:36 am

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