If we truly believe in a representative government, we must do more to engage the most diverse generation in our nation’s history. Our future as a state, and, more importantly, as a country, requires Millennials to engage with government and participate in our democratic process. But this isn't going to happen if our rhetoric continues to patronize them or if our institutions continue to marginalize their ideas and concerns. We’re not asking for anything to be handed to us, we’re asking to be afforded the same respect as any other person.
Ian Calderon represents the 57th Assembly District in the California State Assembly and serves as the Assembly's Majority Leader. He lives in the City of Whittier with his wife, Elise, and daughter, Charlie.