Factsheet

Young Political Leaders in Tennessee

Young Candidates for Congress 2020

Number of candidates from Tennessee 39
Average age of candidates 52.92
Number of candidates age 35 or younger 2
The youngest candidate Blair Walsingham
born 1987
NA
running for the Democratic Party
Number of female candidates 10 (25.64%)
Average age of female candidates 40.40
Average age of male candidates 56.05
Average age of Democratic candidates 52.71
Average age of Republican candidates 56.57
Tennessee Candidates for Congress 2020: Generations
Generations Number of Candidates
Boomer Generation 12
Generation X 6
Millennial Generation 6
Silent Generation 1
NA 14

Young Candidates for Congress 2018

Number of candidates from Tennessee 41
Average age of candidates 55.15
Number of candidates age 35 or younger 1
The youngest candidate John Carico
born 1986
NA
running for a third party or as an Independent
Number of female candidates 8 (19.51%)
Average age of female candidates 52.00
Average age of male candidates 56.05
Average age of Democratic candidates 54.22
Average age of Republican candidates 57.75
Tennessee Candidates for Congress 2018: Generations
Generations Number of Candidates
Boomer Generation 13
Generation X 9
Millennial Generation 2
Silent Generation 3
NA 14

Young Elected Leaders in the 116th Congress

Number of legislators from Tennessee 11
Average age of legislators 63.18
Number of legislators age 35 or younger 0
The youngest legislator David Kustoff
born 1966
White
member of the Republican Party
Number of female legislators 1 (9.09%)
Average age of female legislators 68.00
Average age of male legislators 62.70
Average age of Democratic legislators 68.50
Average age of Republican legislators 62.00
Tennessee Members of the 116th Congress: Generations
Generations Number of Congressmembers
Boomer Generation 7
Generation X 2
Silent Generation 2

Young Elected Leaders in the State Legislature

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Notes

The Young Elected Leaders Project applies the generational categorization of the Pew Research Center:

  • Silent Generation: 1928 – 1945
  • Baby Boomer Generation: 1946 – 1964
  • Generation X: 1965 – 1980
  • Millennial Generation: 1981 – 1996
  • Generation Z: 1997 – 2012

Descriptive statistics on candidates for Congress 2018 and 2020 are based only on those candidates who passed their primaries or who ran as Independent/write-in candidates. The numbers for the 116th Congress are based on data from August 2020.

YELP collects birthday data from a variety of sources such as campaign websites, personal profiles, news articles, voter guides, and from direct contact with candidates and elected officials. However it is not always possible to find information for all. In the case of Tennessee, data on candidates 2020 is 64.10 % complete, data on candidates 2018 is 65.85 % complete, and we have 100.00 % of birthyears for Congressmembers.