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Indian-American Niraj Antani at 23 became one of the youngest state lawmakers in US

Nov 6, 2014 18:55 IST

Indian-American Niraj Antani on 5 November 2014 was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. With this, he became one of the youngest state lawmakers in the US. He is 23.
A law student at the University of Dayton, he is the youngest Ohio State legislature so far. He defeated 62-year-old Patrick Morris of the Democratic Party.
He is the second Indian American — after Jay Goyal who served 3 terms from 2006 from the 73rd District — in the Ohio House.
Meanwhile, Saira Blair at 18 is America's youngest elected lawmaker as a delegate in the West Virginia House. She defeated a 44-year-old attorney for the spot in the House of Delegates.
Blair won her election with 63 per cent of the votes and will represent a small district in West Virginia's eastern panhandle.
There are more than 7300 state legislators in the US, and fewer than five per cent are under the age of 30, according to Morgan Cullen, a policy analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The average age in Congress is 57, and the average age in the United States Senate is 62.

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