No Party for (Only) Old Men

For years, Democrats and some members of the media have perpetuated a confirmation bias that has permeated the voting population. They have insisted that the Republican Party is simply the home for rich, old, white guys who have little understanding or concern for the plight of the downtrodden in America, for those who have to climb a few more rungs up the economic ladder to achieve their dreams.

Of course, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Republicans believe they have the solutions to empower individuals, families and businesses to reach new heights. And the folks who are delivering this message are becoming more and more diverse, with younger, fresher faces taking center stage.

Newly elected Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is the youngest female to ever serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. The New York Republican is only 30 years old. In comparison, the oldest Member of Congress, 85-year-old Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, is a Democrat.

In fact, on average, Congressional Democrats are significantly older than their Republican counterparts. An analysis of Congressional demography offers a few takeaways:

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Ellen Carmichael is president of The Lafayette Company, a Washington, D.C.-based political consulting firm. She has served as a senior communications adviser for a Republican presidential campaign, Members of Congress and statewide elected officials. Follow her on Twitter @ellencarmichael.