About the YEOs
Young elected officials (YEOs) between the ages of 18 and 35 represent a small percentage of all elected leaders in the United States, but many are embarking on long careers of public service: over half of all members of Congress and U.S. Presidents were first elected to office before the age of 35. Young elected officials play an important role in shaping the public discourse and the policy agenda of the country and control billions of dollars administered by local, state, and federal governments.
Young elected officials represent the changing face of leadership in our country. Many have overcome great odds and blazed new trails to become progressive office holders, and many continue to overcome new challenges as they work to help their communities. The Network provides the space for meaningful peer support and exchange, as well as access to the best resources and services to benefit the work of our members.
Our Network has grown to include more than 1,000 members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who share our progressive values regardless of party affiliation. Alumni of our Network have gone on to serve in higher office, government agencies, and Presidential cabinet posts.
Our YEOs reflect the communities they serve; we celebrate the broad diversity of our Network as well as the genuine sense of solidarity our members share. Our Network was founded by young elected officials and continues to be led by them; our members drive our agenda, inform our programs, and support and educate one another.
Learn more about our YEOs and what they are doing in their communities: