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Murphy Elected Chair of Future Forum for the 116th Congress

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Washington, December 6, 2018 | comments

U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., will chair Future Forum in the 116th Congress.  Future Forum is an influential group of young Democratic Members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives who advocate for issues and opportunities important to younger Americans.  Founded in 2015 by U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., the organization’s mission is to create and execute a federal policy agenda based on feedback received from young people at listening events across the country.  The generational organization’s membership will double in size to approximately 50 members in the new Congress and will continue to focus on issues like gun violence prevention, college affordability, and equality of opportunity.

Murphy, unanimously elected by her colleagues, will lead Future Forum with support from its three new Vice-Chairs: U.S. Representatives Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, and Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif.  Swalwell will serve as Chair Emeritus.

“As we saw in Florida after the Parkland shooting, young Americans are demanding their voices be heard now more than ever – and Congress should listen,” Murphy said.  “I’m proud to lead this group of passionate young leaders in Congress who will amplify the voices of younger Americans and provide them with a platform to shape the future of our great country.  With millennials making up the largest generation in the American workforce and post-millennials becoming more engaged in our democracy, Future Forum will have an important role in this new Democratic majority to steer our country in the right direction.”

“I founded Future Forum in 2015 to give millennials a voice in Congress,” Swalwell said.  “Decisions made in Washington today will affect young people for generations to come, and they deserve a seat at the table in Congress. With Congresswoman Murphy’s thoughtful, energetic leadership, Future Forum will continue its innovative work listening to and engaging with young people to create a better, brighter future for us all.”

“I'm excited to serve as a vice-chair of Future Forum and intend to focus on issues most important to young people, like loan forgiveness so they can pursue opportunities without burdensome student debt and helping our young farmers access land and capital,” Delgado said.  “I will also use this role to facilitate conversations with young Americans and make sure their voices are heard by the people elected to represent them.”

“I’m honored to represent the Midwest as Vice Chair of Future Forum to further conversations about how Congress can do a better job making sure all Americans regardless of where they live, have access to the American dream that has been slipping away for so many,” Finkenauer said.  “I’m excited for the work ahead bringing hope and opportunities for growth across generations.”

“As the new Vice-Chair of the Future Forum, I’ll be working with my colleagues to address the distinctive challenges young people face, empowering them to transform our country in the fight for justice, human rights, affordable education, and economic opportunity for all,” Gomez said.  “Together, with Chair Stephanie Murphy, and Vice-Chairs Antonio Delgado and Abby Finkenauer, we can help amplify the voices of young Americans and ensure they have a substantive role to play in charting a prosperous and equitable course for our nation.”

Since its inception, Future Forum has visited 47 cities and met with thousands of young people where they live, work, and go to school.  Murphy hosted Swalwell in central Florida for one such tour in 2017.  As a result of these listening sessions, members of the group have introduced legislation to address issues such as student loan debt, health care affordability, and entrepreneurship.

Pillars of Future Forum in the 116th Congress:

  • Bridge the Divide Between Young Americans and their Government: Studies have shown that young Americans generally do not believe Congress represents the interests of people like them, which has contributed to widespread disengagement in our democratic system.  Future Forum will combat this perception by continuing its outreach to young Americans to better understand the issues that affect them and advance a policy agenda informed by their feedback.
  • Engage and Empower Young Americans: Our democracy is not self-fulfilling, and its strength depends on engaged and informed citizens.  Future Forum will facilitate dialogues with young Americans about ways the federal government serves them on an individual and collective basis, and ways it can be improved.  From basic services to sweeping federal programs, Future Forum will engage with young Americans to create awareness about what government can offer, why they should care, and how we can improve the relationship between elected officials and the younger constituents they represent.
  • Inspire the Next Generation of Public Servants: The voices and talents of young Americans enrich our democratic process and can make government work more effectively.  Future Forum will encourage more young Americans to serve their country, including by pursuing careers in public service.  Future Forum will play a leading role in restoring Americans’ faith in our democracy and create optimism for a brighter future with civic-minded young leaders at the helm.

Members of Future Forum in the 116th Congress:

  1. U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy, FL-07 (Chair)
  2. U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, CA-15 (Chair Emeritus)
  3. U.S. Representative-Elect Abby Finkenauer, IA-01 (Vice-Chair)
  4. U.S. Representative-Elect Antonio Delgado, NY-19 (Vice-Chair)
  5. U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez, CA-34 (Vice-Chair)
  6. U.S. Representative Pete Aguilar, CA-31
  7. U.S. Representative-Elect Colin Allred, TX-32
  8. U.S. Representative Nanette Diaz Barragán, CA-44
  9. U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle, PA-13
  10. U.S. Representative-Elect Anthony Brindisi, NY-22
  11. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, TX-20
  12. U.S. Representative-Elect Jason Crow, CO-06
  13. U.S. Representative-Elect Joe Cunningham, SC-01
  14. U.S. Representative-Elect Sharice Davids, KS-03
  15. U.S. Representative-Elect Lizzie Fletcher, TX-07
  16. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, HI-02
  17. U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, AZ-07
  18. U.S. Representative-Elect Jared Golden, ME-02
  19. U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer, NJ-05
  20. U.S. Representative-Elect Josh Harder, CA-10
  21. U.S. Representative-Elect Katie Hill, CA-25
  22. U.S. Representative-Elect Steven Horsford, NV-04
  23. U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, NY-08
  24. U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy, MA-04
  25. U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, CA-17
  26. U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, WA-06
  27. U.S. Representative-Elect Andy Kim, NJ-03
  28. U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, IL-08
  29. U.S. Representative-Elect Mike Levin, CA-49
  30. U.S. Representative Ted Lieu, CA-33
  31. U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, NM-03
  32. U.S. Representative-Elect Elaine Luria, VA-02
  33. U.S. Representative-Elect Ben McAdams, UT-04
  34. U.S. Representative Grace Meng, NY-06
  35. U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, MA-06
  36. U.S. Representative-Elect Joe Neguse, CO-02
  37. U.S. Representative-Elect Ilhan Omar, MN-05
  38. U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta, CA-20
  39. U.S. Representative-Elect Chris Pappas, NH-01
  40. U.S. Representative Stacey Plaskett, VI-AL
  41. U.S. Representative-Elect Katie Porter, CA-45
  42. U.S. Representative-Elect Max Rose, NY-11
  43. U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, CA-20
  44. U.S. Representative-Elect Elissa Slotkin, MI-08
  45. U.S. Representative Darren Soto, FL-09
  46. U.S. Representative-Elect Abigail Spanberger, VA-07
  47. U.S. Representative-Elect Haley Stevens, MI-11
  48. U.S. Representative-Elect Xochitl Torres Small, NM-02
  49. U.S. Representative-Elect Lauren Underwood, IL-14
  50. U.S. Representative Marc Veasey, TX-33
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