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Rep. Drew Christensen

Age

23

Location

Savage, Minnesota

Twitter

@RepChristensen

Rep. Drew Christensen (R-56A), of Savage, MN is the youngest legislator of either party in the Minnesota legislature, elected to his first term in 2014 at the age of 21. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Rep. Christensen also served as Treasurer of the Minnesota College Republicans and worked for Congressman John Kline’s (MN-02) campaign.

Drew serves on the Aging and Long-Term Care Policy, Education Finance, Education Innovation Policy, and Higher Education Policy & Finance Committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Not only is he a voice for young conservatives in Minnesota, he has also demonstrated a knack for promoting smart policy — including a provision that was signed into law regarding improvements to student discipline policy.

What was the biggest factor in your success?

I believe I have an ability to convey conservative values and ideas in a way that makes sense to Americans from all different walks of life. During my first campaign in 2014, I worked hard to meet as many people as possible, and share my vision for the future. Even when talking to voters who didn’t necessarily consider themselves conservatives,  I was able to make a real connection, and explain how conservative ideals can help them and their family.  

What advice would you give to other millennials?

When running for office, I quickly found how important it was to stay in front of my older, more established opponent. Always assume someone is out there trying to beat you, then go and outwork them. Especially in politics, there’s lots of jobs that aren’t easy or glamorous. Be willing to do the tough stuff — like door-to-door canvassing — in order to stand out. Do the hard work now. Good things have a way of happening to people who work hard and show initiative.

Does the GOP have a future and why?

 Absolutely. Typical politicians in DC and state capitals are failing all Americans, but especially young people. As the national debt grows, college costs increase, and more taxes and regulation stifles job growth. I think we’ll see Americans pushing back against politics as usual and realizing that commonsense, conservative solutions will bring more people to our party, and give us a lasting blueprint going forward. 

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