CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Eighteen-year-old Saira Blair will become the youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history.
The Republican defeated Democrat Layne Diehl on Tuesday to win a seat in the state House of Delegates.
Blair’s birthday was in July, so she barely met the 18-year-old minimum age for West Virginia House delegates.
Blair is a freshman attending West Virginia University. She plans to skip spring classes so she can serve as a lawmaker. The Legislature meets for 60 days from January to March.
In a May primary, the Martinsburg teen defeated incumbent Republican Del. Larry Kump, who is almost four times her age.
Blair says pro-life, pro-gun rights and pro-business. Her father, Craig Blair, is a sitting Republican state senator from the Eastern Panhandle.
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