Patrick J. O'Connor

Millennials in Legislature seek to bridge generational gap

As an institution, the Massachusetts Legislature historically rewards seniority and loyalty among its own ranks and responds more readily to entrenched interests and reliable voters in member districts.

So where exactly does that leave millennials, a generation loosely defined as having been born between 1980 and the late 1990s? A generation at once ambitious, socially conscious and technologically savvy, yet also skeptical of government's ability to solve problems and less inclined to participate directly in local or state politics?

Five millennial senators — three Democrats and two Republicans — recently set out to bridge the generational divide and explore ways to...

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