In the midst of the Republican wave last night, it also included an 18-year-old college freshman, Saira Blair. The youngster was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in a landslide. She had won 63% percent of the vote to her 44-year-old Democratic opponent’s 30%. Saira officially became the youngest lawmaker in the country. It is said that she’ll represent a district of about 18,000 people in the eastern part of the state.
Saira, who’s an economics and Spanish major at West Virginia University, elected to defer her spring classes to attend the legislative session at the state capitol. There, she’ll join her father and campaign manager, Craig, who is also a state senator.
In a statement, Saira thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running a positive campaign. “History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it is the future of this state that is now my singular focus,” she said.