I’ve been perusing Wikipedia and government sites for information. I’d like to share some things, mostly as notes for myself. Please note that I’m referring only to the federal government.
A 34-year-old cannot become President; a 35-year-old can. Our current president is 50 years old. The median age at inauguration is nearly 55. The youngest president in history was Teddy Roosevelt, who was almost 43 at inauguration.
A 29-year-old cannot become Senator; a 30-year-old can. Currently, the median age of Senators in 62 years. The youngest Senator is more than 40 years old.
A 24-year-old cannot become Representative; a 25-year-old can. Currently, the median age of members of the House is 58. The youngest member of the House is more than 30 years old.
According to data from the 2010 census, the median age of people in the US is 37.2. Almost half of the nation’s population (40.8%) is under the age of 30. If you’re in the habit of excluding people from the counts for being under 18, the country is almost 17% within the ages of 18-29. If you’re in favor of the age requirements for US House of Representatives, 6.8% of the population is 25-29 years old. With a total of 435 members, 6.8% of the House equates to 30 Representatives. That’s 30 representatives under 30 years old that don’t currently exist. It’s representation of 40.8% of our nation’s population neglected.