America’s Youngest State Lawmaker Is Barely Even Legal

Nov 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
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Saira Blair, a freshman at West Virginia University, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle and become the youngest elected state lawmaker– and she’s only 18-years-old.

Blair’s father, Craig Philip Blair, has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates since 2003 and is now a member of the West Virginia Senate from the 15th District. Mr. Blair helped his daughter run for office by serving as her campaign manager.

But Saira claims that she is not into politics just because her dad is in office. In high school, she joined the Youth in Government Program through the Youth Leadership Association and was inspired when the students had the opportunity to present and then vote on a bill that they had drafted on the house floor in Charleston, the state’s capital.

The most interesting thing about the 18-year-old’s campaign, however, is not her age. But the fact that she ran her campaign from her dorm room. The young politician (the average age in Congress is 57) stands pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, and pro-constitution. One of her primary goals that she ran on is to help create jobs in West Virginia–taking note that most people leave the state because of the lack of job opportunity. The fiscal conservative also supports strict voter ID regulations and is opposed to same sex marriage. Blair told Newsweek, “Marriage is the holy union of a man and a woman as husband and wife under God.”

Blair defeated her Democratic opponent Layne Diehl 63% to 30%, with a third candidate receiving 7% of the vote.

Blair celebrated her victory saying:

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.”

After the election Blair took to Twitter to express her gratitude.

Blair’s Democratic opponent Layne Diehl, a 44-year-old Martinsburg, WV attorney, said:

“I’m very proud of the race that was run on both sides. Quite frankly a 17- or 18-year-old young woman that has put herself out there and won a political campaign has certainly brought some positive press to the state. I look forward to seeing what her leadership brings to the state of West Virginia.”

Blair wanted to let the voters know that she is taking her vision for the state seriously. She deferred from her spring semester in school so that she will have the appropriate amount of time to prepare for and attend the House of Delegates’ 60-day session.

After being invited onto Fox & Friends, Saira posted a video of her interview on her Twitter.

At 18 years of age, Saira Blair is now the country’s youngest elected state lawmaker. Find out more about the political prodigy!