The new class of representatives in congress gives me hope for increased bipartisanship and formulation of policies that reflect the minds of my generation. As younger representatives step up to the plate in congress, there is more hope for balance and better representation of younger people. A more diverse group of representatives (with age, race, sexual orientation all receiving increased attention for this past election season) will make for a better framed and executed government. Personally, I was not privy to political culture in the nation until I had a reason for this class, but the results of this past election will keep me interested. I am more likely to participate in congressional elections to assure that representatives who can relate to my understanding of popular culture can convey this in policy solutions.
Ideally, the next wave of government will not be parted on issues like gay marriage or health care reform because their own experience, primary or otherwise, will reflect an understanding of the change needed. Further, I think more young people will begin to discover that their voice matters in politics once we have representatives that can communicate the way this generation does. Social media is a big part of this generation, so having the ability to understand how to use this as a political tact will be crucial for future leadership. As younger representatives move in to lead, our understanding of campaigning and connection to our leaders will forever be changed.