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Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina will be youngest member of Congress in modern history, CNN projects

November 4, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At 25 years old, Madison Cawthorn will become the youngest member of Congress in modern history, according to US House records.

(CNN)At 25 years old, Madison Cawthorn will become the youngest member of Congress in modern history, according to US House records.

CNN projects the Republican will beat Democrat Moe Davis for North Carolina's 11th Congressional District, once held by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was previously the youngest elected member in modern history at 29 years, 2 months and 22 days in 2018.

The youngest House member ever elected was William Charles Cole Claiborne of Tennessee, elected in 1797 at age 22.

Cawthorn cited Ocasio-Cortez in his decision to run for office.

He wrote on his website that he ran for office because "our faith, our freedoms and our values are under assault from coastal elites and leftists like (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "

Cawthorn also supports term limits for members of Congress.

Cawthorn described himself on his website as a "constitutional conservative" who is "committed to defending the values of faith, family and the freedom that have made America great. "

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