Published on November 12th, 2014 | by Alex and Brett Harris

Saira Blair, Age 18: Elected America’s Youngest Lawmaker

(The Daily Signal) — She has to go through freshman orientation again. But this time, as the newest representative from the 59th District of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

This spring, college freshman Saira Blair will skip class for the state capital to be sworn in as the youngest state representative ever.

While still a senior at Hedgesville High School in Martinsville, Blair launched a primary challenge against Larry Kump of Berkeley, her district’s two-term Republican incumbent, defeating him just before graduation.

Kump had succeeded Craig Blair, Saira’s father, when he moved up to the state Senate.

As an 18-year-old freshman, Blair ran her general election campaign from her college dorm at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

When the polls closed on Election Day, she had made history, knocking off Democrat Layne Diehl, also of Martinsville, 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent, becoming the youngest-elected state lawmaker in the nation.

On the campaign trail, Saira Blair explained her race as an attempt to persuade millennials “that we shouldn’t wait until we’re 40, 50 or 60 to understand that conservative values and principles are the way to prosperity.”


Don’t mistake her for a political novelty or simply the product of circumstance. Sara Blair has a plan. Articulate and intelligent, the economics/Spanish double major sees her age as an advantage and she’s ready to bring this fresh perspective to Charleston.

Her first concern: economic revitalization. As Blair explained in an interview with The Daily Signal, “my No. 1 priority is jobs.”

Blair worries that a bad economy will continue to drive her state’s millennial exodus. To turn things around, “making West Virginia a right-to-work state” tops her agenda.

The young lawmaker wants to repeal certain “harshly imposed” regulations on coal mining and natural gas drilling. Blair believes that these industries will help “revamp the economy” and provide opportunities for “young people coming out of high school and college.”

As a young conservative woman, she’s eager to give a new face to her party.

During both the primary and general elections, Blair ran a self-described “pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-family” campaign. She rejects the idea of “a war on women” and notes that conservatives “have always welcomed me with open arms and supported me along the way.”

Now she just wants to get to work. Blair says she feels a responsibility both to her constituents and especially her supporters to merit their confidence.

“I want to prove to people that I’m mature enough and capable of doing the job.”

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  • Liam

    That’s really awesome! Good for her!

  • alana

    Wasn’t she in an article here on this site?

  • That’s awesome!

  • Lisa Yost

    It’s Martinsburg, not Martinsville.

  • David Barnes

    That. Is. Amazing!

    • Madeleine Grace

      It sure is 😀

      • David Barnes

        I’m sure she’ll do great!

        How’s that whole music thing working out for yah?

        • Madeleine Grace

          i thought you said that synthesia was free? and i’m going to start learning music theory this week on that website. and i’m going hopefully to start a vocal class at my church so yeah :)

          • David Barnes

            It was free when I got it a couple of months ago. If there’s a cost now that’s new, sorry. You can easily find videos of it on YouTube though. Awesome, good luck!

          • Thomas Edgerton

            I have been playing Trombone since I was in first grade. If you would like i can help not in any way you like. Just ask.
            best waar to reach me would be email.
            [email protected]

          • Madeleine Grace

            hey thanks Thomas :) that would be great i’ll email you soon!! 😉 i really appreciate your willingness to help me 😉
            God Bless,

          • Madeleine Grace

            hey just wanted to let you know that i emailed you 😉 so yeah!! can’t wait to get to know you and talk about music!!
            God Bless,

          • Thomas Edgerton

            Sorry I just got this message now, but I do not see an email from you, I do recieve a TON of messages though, so I may have missed it or acsedentaly deleted it. This is a really busy time of year for my mom and myself. Her middle school band has some special event every saturday!
            I have not forgoten my offer to help you out with music. My focus is in jazz, and clasical. but regardless of what style you chose to embrase, you should first focus on mastery of the instrument of your choice (yes your voice is an instrument; it is also the thing most other instruments attempt to imulate)

  • Madeleine Grace

    oh my goodness if only every teen interested in politics would do what she did. i need to tell my brother about her. :) he is into politics and is majoring in political science. this is so awesome!!!

  • Wow! I wish she ran for office down here in Florida!

    • Chris T.

      Same here in Massachusetts!

      • Same here in CA. We need lawmakers like that here.

  • Woah…..

  • Hana

    Wow! Great inspiration!

  • Jess jesse

    This girl is awesome

  • Genesis M.

    Way to go! I’m going to do the same thing if I don’t go out of state for college.

  • mlee4529 .

    Inspirational! I’m impressed!

  • Faith B

    I totally agree with her views i think we should stand up for what we believe. That is Rebelutionary

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