Youngest Current U.S. Congressmen

10 Youngest Current U.S. Congressmen in 2022

The average age of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 117th Congress is 58.4 years. The minimum required age to become a member of the House is only 25 years and the youngest congressman on this list is currently 26 years old. Besides the youngest current congressman, the rest of the people on this list are in their early- to mid-30s. Nearly all of the congressmen and congresswomen on this list are serving in the House for the very first time.

10. Lauren Boebert (December 15, 1986 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 35 years
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Republican
State: Colorado’s 3rd District

Lauren Boebertphoto source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Although Lauren Boebert has served less than a year as a congresswoman, she has already racked up a number of controversies and is now known for her gun-toting, alt-right beliefs. Boebert, first made national headlines when she confronted Beto O’Rourke, a candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, at an Aurora town hall meeting over his proposal for a buy-back program and a ban on assault-style rifles like AR-15s. She then used this attention to launch her own political campaign, positioning herself as a conservative alternative to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

During her campaign, Boebert admitted that she supported QAnon beliefs, which is a far-right political conspiracy theory and movement. Despite all this, Boebert won Colorado’s 3rd district seat. As a congresswoman, Boebert has continued to espouse her alt-right views and even stoked the fires of the now infamous storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, with cryptic tweets she posted the day before, that alluded to what was to come. While many of her fellow congressmen have called for her expulsion for her violent behavior, Boebert continues to serve in the House.

Did You Know?

Outside of her political career, Lauren Boebert is the owner of Shooters Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado where staff members are encouraged to openly carry firearms.


9. Mondaire Jones (May 18, 1987 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 34 years, 6 months, 27 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Democratic
State: New York’s 17th District

Mondaire Jonesphoto source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Mondaire Jones is another young congressman on this list, who is from New York. Jones is currently the U.S. representative for New York’s 17th district. Along with Ritchie Torres, who is also on this list, Jones is the first openly LGBTQIA+ Black member of Congress.

While this is Jones’ first time holding an elected political position, he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice during the presidency of Barack Obama. Jones also worked for Davis Polk & Wardwell, as a law clerk for Andrew L. Carter Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. As a lawyer, Jones provided pro bono legal aid through The Legal Aid Society.

Did You Know?

On August 17, 2020, Mondaire Jones filed suit in the Southern District of New York against President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to reverse recent changes made to the United States Postal Service that affected the agency’s ability to deliver mail, including absentee ballots. As a result of the lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero granted an injunction against the USPS that required it to restore overtime and treat all mail-in ballots as First-Class.


8. Peter Meijer (January 10, 1988 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 33 years, 11 months, 4 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Republican
State: Michigan’s 3rd District

Peter Meijerphoto source: Wikimedia Commons

Peter Meijer, a Michigan native, is currently the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district. After high school, Meijer initially studied for one year at the United States Military Academy at West Point before transferring to Columbia University in 2008, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology in 2012. Although he did not serve as an active duty member of the military, Meijer did served in the U.S. Army Reserve between 2008 – 2016.

Before politics, Meijer worked as a conflict analyst for an international NGO. During this time, Meijer also worked on veterans projects such as Project Rubicon, was on the advisory board of the With Honor super political action committee, and assisted with urban renewal projects throughout Michigan. As a congressman, Meijer was one of only ten Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump during Trump’s second impeachment.

Did You Know?

Peter Meijer is the  oldest son of Hank Meijer and the grandson of Frederik Meijer, whose father, Hendrik Meijer, founded supermarket chain Meijer after he emigrated to the United States from the Netherlands.


7. Jake Auchincloss (January 29, 1988 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 33 years, 10 months, 16 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Democratic
State: Massachusetts’s 4th District

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Jake Auchincloss is yet another new member of Congress and he is currently serving as the U.S. representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district. Although his political career has just started, Auchincloss already holds some power. He is serving as the Vice-Chair of the Financial Services Committee and a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Although many members of Auchincloss’s family are physicians and/or scientists, Auchincloss chose to study government and economics at Harvard College, graduating with honors, and earned an MBA in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating from Harvard, Auchincloss joined the United States Marine Corps and was active duty for many years. He continued to serve in the Individual Ready Reserve after leaving active duty and was promoted to major in 2020.

Did You Know?

Jake Auchincloss’s grandfather Melvin J. Glimcher pioneered the development of artificial limbs and was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.


6. Kat Cammack (February 16, 1988 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 33 years, 9 months, 28 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Republican
State: Florida’s 3rd District

Kat Cammackphoto source: Wikimedia Commons

Kat Cammack is a new congresswoman, who is now serving as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 3rd congressional district. Cammack is the third-youngest woman elected to Congress in the 2020 election cycle, behind Democrats Sara Jacobs and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

As a young woman, Cammack earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Science in national defense and strategic studies from the Naval War College. After Ted Yoho, whom Cammack replaced, was elected to Florida’s 3rd district, Cammack served as his deputy chief of staff from 2013 until 2019.

Did You Know?

According to Kat Cammack, she was influenced to get into politics by her family’s experience with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program.


5. Jake LaTurner (February 17, 1988 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 33 years, 9 months, 27 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Republican
State: Kansas’s 2nd District

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Jake LaTurner is currently serving as the representative for Kansas’s 2nd congressional district. LaTurner began his political career in 2013 when he was elected to the Kansas Senate. He had first run for the position in 2008, but lost. When LaTurner won in 2012, he was only 24 years old, making him the youngest member of the Kansas Senate.

In 2017, LaTurner was appointed as Kansas State Treasurer by Governor Sam Brownback; he then became the youngest statewide official in the country. The following year, LaTurner was elected to the position and he remained Kansas State Treasurer until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Did You Know?

Jake LaTurner briefly campaigned for the United States Senate in the 2020 election before opting to run for the United States House of Representatives instead.


4. Ritchie Torres (March 12, 1988 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 33 years, 9 months, 2 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Democratic
State: New York’s 15th District

Ritchie Torresphoto source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Ritchie Torres is currently the representative from New York’s 15th district. This district covers most of the South Bronx, which is where Torres grew up. Along with Mondaire Jones, Torres is the first openly LGBTQIA+ Black man elected to Congress. Torres is also the first openly gay Afro Latino ever elected to Congress.

Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Torres served as a New York City Councilmember for the 15th district from 2013 to 2020. He was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, and the council’s youngest member. As a New York City Councilmember, Torres chaired the Committee on Public Housing, and was a deputy majority leader.

Did You Know?

As the Chairman overseeing New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Ritchie Torres held the first committee hearing ever in public housing, which led to a $3 billion-dollar FEMA investment, the largest in NYC history.


3. Sara Jacobs (February 1, 1989 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 32 years, 10 months, 13 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2021
Political Party: Democratic
State: California’s 53rd District

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Sara Jacobs is one of several congressmen, who is brand new to the U.S. House of Representatives. Jacobs is serving as the representative for California’s 53rd District and she is currently the youngest member of California congressional delegation.

Jacobs graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of International Affairs degree in International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution. After earning her master’s degree, Jacobs worked for the United Nations and UNICEF. Jacobs first entered politics when she served as a policy advisor on Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Did You Know?

Sara Jacobs is the granddaughter of businessman and Qualcomm founder Irwin M. Jacobs.


2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (October 13, 1989 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 32 years, 2 months, 1 day
Assumed Office: January 3, 2019
Political Party: Democratic
State: New York’s 14th District

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is also known by her initials AOC, first rose to prominence when she won the Democratic Party’s primary election for New York’s 14th congressional district in 2018. Ocasio-Cortez beat Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in what was widely seen as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries. Since then, Ocasio-Cortez has made a name for herself as one of the most progressive members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Along with Rashida Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez is the first female member of the Democratic Socialists of America elected to serve in Congress. Some of the progressive platforms that Ocasio-Cortez supports include  Medicare for All, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, a Green New Deal, and abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Did You Know?

Taking office at the age of 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress.


1. Madison Cawthorn (August 1, 1995 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 26 years, 4 months, 13 days
Assumed Office: January 3, 2019
Political Party: Republican
State: North Carolina’s 11th District

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At the age of 26 years, 4 months, and 13 days, Madison Cawthorn is currently the youngest sitting U.S. Congressman. Cawthorn is the youngest member of Congress since Jed Johnson Jr. in the mid-1960s.

Although his political career has just started, Cawthorn is already surrounded by controversies. During his campaign, several women came forward and accused Cawthorn of sexually aggressive behavior, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault. Former college classmates of Cawthorn’s have backed up these women’s claims and said that he harassed numerous women in college. Additionally, Cawthorn was one of many conservative Republican politicians who claimed the 2020 Presidential Election was fraudulent. However, Cawthorn later rescinded this statement.

Did You Know?

Madison Cawthorn is so young that he is the first member of Congress (in either the Senate or House) to be born in the 1990s.

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