Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina at 25 years old will potentially become the youngest member of Congress in most recent history, according to U.S. House records.
Madison Cawthorn would win over Democrat Moe Davis for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, according to CNN. Moreover, Cawthorn pulled off a surprise primary victory over a candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, at 29 years, 2 months, and 22 days in 2018 previously the youngest elected member in current day history.
William Charles Cole Claiborne was in office in 1797 at age 22. Claiborne is the youngest House member. He was in the house despite not meeting the constitutional age requirement of 25, according to U.S. House records.
Cawthorn cites Ocasio-Cortez in his decision and inspiration to run for office. In fact, he wrote on his website that he sought out the office because “our faith, our freedoms and our values are under assault from coastal elites and leftists like (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
Cawthorn is the owner of a real estate investment company and a motivational speaker. In addition, he is also partially paralyzed from a 2014 car accident.
Cawthorn is fiscally conservative, anti-abortion, pro-gun, and an immigration hardliner. In addition, he also supports term limits for Congress members. In fact, Cawthorn says he is an eighth-generation resident of the 11th Congressional District. He received homeschooling in Hendersonville.
Cawthorn described himself on his website as a “constitutional conservative” who is “committed to defending the values of faith, family and the freedom that have made America great.”