The youngest woman ever elected to Congress wants to introduce her fellow Republicans to a positive, radically disruptive force in politics: her generation.
"In the private sector, we've disrupted entire industries to make sure they're providing the best quality service to customers and the best products. We haven't done that in Congress yet," Rep. Elise Stefanik, from New York, said. "Hopefully, millennials in Congress will bring that spirit of bipartisan solutions to the table."
The 30-year-old Harvard graduate is chairing a hearing for the Republican Policy Committee on Tuesday designed to educate GOP lawmakers about the challenges and opportunities of appealing to young Americans. "Millennials and the GOP: Learning from America's Emerging Leaders to Shape Tomorrow's Republican Agenda" is the first in what Stefanik envisions as a three-part series.
Tuesday's hearing will be a primer of sorts, with a lineup of experts who will describe the demographic, political, and cultural attributes of the nation's largest and most diverse generation. "I want to help Congress put together a vision and set of policies that resonate with my generation," she said.
One of the witnesses is John Della Volpe, the Harvard Institute of Politics pollster who has overseen a 15-year study of millennials. As a Harvard undergraduate, Stefanik served on the student committee that helped write and analyze IOP polling. (Disclosure: Stefanik also served on a panel of students who helped research a book while I served as an IOP fellow in the 2005. I now serve on the IOP board.)