Senators Eric Lesser and Ryan Fattman Publish Bipartisan Op-Ed on Importance of Engaging Millennials in Government

Senator Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow) and Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Webster) today released a joint op-ed as part of the Massachusetts Senate’s Millennial Engagement Initiative. The Millennial Engagement Initiative, co-chaired by Senator Lesser and Senator Fattman, was announced earlier this month by Senate President Stan Rosenberg. The initiative aims to encourage more millennials to become involved in the legislative process. The op-ed, which argues for the importance of listening to the needs and ideas of young people, outlines both Senator Fattman and Lesser’s own experience entering politics at a young age. The op-ed also outlines many of the challenges facing millennials today, including stagnant incomes, student debt and the lack of affordable housing.

“Our generation is highly diverse, service oriented, and tech-savvy. Those qualities are essential for a well-functioning society. The Senate’s Millennial Engagement Initiative aims to start a dialogue that enables young people to see government as both a partner and a solution to public problems,” Sen. Lesser said.

“It is a pleasure of mine to serve on the Millennial Engagement Tour. Being a millennial, it has been a great opportunity to interact and understand issues that young people care about, which will make the Commonwealth a better place as a whole,” Sen. Fattman said.

Millennials, or those born after 1980, are now the largest and most diverse generation in the United States. While a large portion of millennials are heavily involved in community service, a recent Harvard University survey found that only seven percent of millennials reported having participated in government.

The Millennial Engagement Initiative will hold a series of events across the Commonwealth in the coming weeks.