Millennials are outnumbered in electoral politics. Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1980, make up the vast majority of candidates. Baby Boomers, too, are running for office in higher numbers than millennials.
That’s true in both parties — except in the Houston area, where there are roughly even numbers of millennials and Baby Boomers running for office.
Rish Oberoi is one of them. The 28-year-old Democrat has consulted for political campaigns and nonprofits. He’s running for the Texas House District 26, an open seat in Fort Bend County.
As much as he wants to win, he expects to make less money if he does; most people his age can’t afford to quit their jobs to serve in the time-consuming state Legislature from January through May. A member of the Texas house makes $7,200 a year, plus expenses.
“Does that mean my parents are thrilled? Obviously not. It’s a huge risk,” Oberoi said.
“I think I would have hated myself if I just sat back,” he added.
“I’ve been saying all year, 2018 was the year of the woman. I’m certain 2020 will be the year of young people.”Andrea Zelinski in the Houston Chronicle