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Launch of the Congressional Future Caucus

Tuesday, September 18, 2013


A standing room-only crowd at the launch panel discussion on Capitol Hill.

Millennials have now lived through numerous government shutdowns because of partisan bickering and brinksmanship. We believe it’s time for a new generation of post-partisan leaders willing to solve our nation’s most urgent challenges, which is why MAP joined with Millennial co-chairs Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard(D-HI) to launch the Congressional Future Caucus on Tuesday, September 18th on Capitol Hill. The Future Caucus is the first bipartisan caucus exclusively focused on developing long-term solutions to issues facing America’s next generation.

Earning wall-to-wall press coverage from NBC’s Meet The Press to Buzzfeed, the launch was a huge success in our efforts to advance a new generation of post-partisan leadership. Rep. Gabbard said on Morning Joe that Millennials aren’t willing “to accept ‘no’ for an answer” in our commitment to create a new paradigm of political leadership, and Rep. Schock repeated his belief that the 40 Millennials currently serving in Congress could quickly “come out with solutions that would pass the House and the Senate.”


From left: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); John Stanton; Steven Olikara; Aneesh Chopra; Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL); and Scott Case.

At the launch, young leaders from across the political spectrum heard from a diverse group of panelists in a discussion moderated by John Stanton, D.C. Bureau Chief of Buzzfeed. Steven Olikara, Executive Director and Co-Founder of MAP, kicked off the discussion and welcomed the panelists, which included Reps. Schock and Gabbard as well as renowned business and civic leaders Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Scott Case, Founding CEO, Startup America Partnership & Founding CTO, Priceline.com. In front of a standing room-only crowd, the panel engaged in a lively discussion about the historic potential for Milllennial leadership to forge consensus and collaboration on issues such as innovation, infrastructure, and economic development, particularly with MAP and the Future Caucus leading the way forward.


Reps. Gabbard and Schock listen to fellow panelists.

The launch was livestreamed on YouTube, but in case you missed it, watch it here and check out more photos and press clips from the event below. Also, if you haven’t already, learn about our new James Madison Fellowship Program, which engages young leaders who have demonstrated success transcending partisan lines and embodied pragmatic, solutions-oriented thinking. Applications for the program are due October 4th.

Thanks for your continuing support of MAP and stay tuned for news about our next steps!

- The MAP Team

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Launch Press Coverage

NBC: Meet the Press: New Effort to Fight Partisan Gridlock by Harnessing the Power of Youth

MSNBC: Morning Joe

BuzzFeed: Young Members Team Up To Create Future Caucus 

C-SPAN: Congress and the Millennial Generation

The Hill: Reps. Schock and Gabbard Launch Future Caucus

ABC News: Capitol Hill’s 40 Under 40: Will Youth Invasion Change Washington?

PolicyMic: A Generation Raised On Bitter Partisan Politics Will Put An End to Them

Global Voice Hall: Political Rejuvenation

Diplomatic Courier: Millennials Take Action on Capitol Hill

In The Capital: The Future Caucus Looks to Give Millennials a Voice on Capitol Hill

Chicago Sun-Times: Rep. Schock Partners with Rep. Gabbard to launch “Future Caucus”

UPI.com: Young Lawmakers Launch ‘Future Caucus’ for Millennials 

Honolulu Civil Beat: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Ambitious New Group in Congress Looks Forward

Event Photos