California elects 25-year-old lawmaker, youngest in 82 years

California Legislature Youngest Member
Posted at 3:37 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 18:37:25-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has elected its youngest state lawmaker in more than eight decades.

It elevated a 25-year-old progressive Democrat who already has years of legislative experience to the state Assembly. Alex Lee survived a crowded nine-candidate primary election in March, then trounced his Republican rival in a San Francisco Bay Area district that includes part of Silicon Valley.

He plans to keep living with his mom in San Jose for the time being and had to take a part-time gig economy delivery job to make ends meet during his campaign.

Lee has worked for five different lawmakers either as a college intern or more recently a paid aide.