December 7, 2012
While most new college graduates are looking for a job, Justin Chenette is looking for committee assignments at the State House in Augusta, Maine. The 21-year-old democrat from Saco is the youngest openly gay lawmaker in the nation. He was sworn in on Wednesday, one of 13 new representatives under 30 years old. “I think it's important that young people have a seat at the table and that's what I am trying to accomplish here," says Chenette, who won the November election by a huge margin. Surprisingly, Chenette went into the campaign with strong name recognition. As a high school student, he hosted a political show on public access television and if a candidate wanted to get elected in Saco, they found their way to his show. Chenette became the first student in Maine appointed to the board of education. There he realized he might like answering the questions more than asking them. He announced his candidacy while going to college in Vermont. He relied heavily on social media to connect with voters.