Saira has caused quite a storm in the media! She shocked everyone, when at just 18, she was elected to represent her district in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Here are five things to know about the youngest lawmaker in America!
Saira Blair may be 18, but she’s already proven to be the strongest candidate to represent a small district in West Virginia. The young Republican, who did most of her campaigning out of her college dorm room, defeated 44-year-old attorney Layne Diehl in a landslide victory on Nov. 4. Here are five fascinating facts about Saira!
Saira Blair: America’s Youngest Lawmaker — 5 Things About Her
1. Saira Blair: The Economics Student
Before being elected a state delegate, Saira was just your average college student! Saira is a freshman at West Virginia University, studying economics, with the hope of becoming a financial planner.
She is currently putting her dreams on hold after this semester, deciding to defer her spring semester in order to attend the legislature’s 60-day session. She will make up classes in the summer and fall, according to The Wall Street Journal.
2. Saira Blair Previously Defeated 66-year-old Republican
Believe it or not, this was not Saira’s first big political win.In May, she defeated 66-year-old Republican Larry Kump in a primary election. She was 17 years old at the time. Clearly, this girl is not afraid of anything!
3. Saira Blair’s Father Is A U.S. Senator
Saira has political blood running deep in her family! Her father, U.S. Senator Craig Blair, is a Republican member of the West Virginia Senate.
4. Saira Blair Contributed $4,000 To Her Campaign
Saira’s father may be a U.S. Senator, but Saira wanted to be respected on her own! The young lawmaker contributed reportedly $4,000 to her own campaign to show she was “serious.”
“Candidates should have some skin in the game,”Saira said in an interview. “I wanted voters to know I was serious.”
5. Saira Blair Aims To Reduce Business Taxes
As part of her campaign, Saira pledged to work to reduce certain taxes on businesses. She also supports antiabortion and pro-gun positions.
We’re so impressed by Saira’s hard work and ability to take a on a heavy leadership role at such a young age! Can you imagine yourself making laws at age 18?!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Saira is a powerful role model to women of the Millennial generation? Sound off below!
— Julianne Ishler