Morgan Murtaugh is a 25-year-old conservative running for Congress in California, and if she wins the race, she would be the youngest female elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “poised to become the youngest woman in Congress,” according to CNBC. Murtaugh, however, is three years younger and headed to the November general election as well after coming in second to the Democratic nominee in California’s jungle primary, where candidates from all parties run against each other.
“There are no reliable counts of candidate ages by year … so amid this record-breaking year of women candidates, it’s hard to know exactly how big the wave of young women candidates is,” said Deborah Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, NPR reported Monday. “But like Ocasio-Cortez, there are multiple congressional candidates under 30, meaning multiple women could break that record for the youngest woman Congress member.” (RELATED: Socialist Who Won Primary In Upset Has Radical Views On Energy Reform)
All of these women are first-time candidates.
In addition to Murtaugh and Ocasio-Cortez, there are other women in their 20s contending for congressional seats. In California, Democrat Sara Jacobs, 29, won her primary and is headed to the November midterms, as did Democrats Mallory Hagan, 29, of Alabama and Abby Finkenauer, 28, of Iowa, according to Refinery29.
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