Heard on the Hill: Still Youngest

Posted November 5, 2010 at 6:28pm

When the 112th Congress kicks off next year, Rep. Aaron Schock will have a full term under his belt. But the Illinois Republican likely will still be the chamber’s youngest Member.

The GOP will send a group of up-and-comers to D.C., but the 29-year-old Schock will reign as the Baby of the House. Born in May 1981, he’s about a year younger than Rep.-elect Justin Amash (R-Mich.), born in April 1980. And Schock appears ready to lead the young set.

“Aaron is enthusiastic about the new wave of young conservatives that were elected this past week,” spokesman Dave Natonski says. “He spent the last month campaigning on behalf of these new Members, like Reps.-elect Sean Duffy [Wis.] and Ben Quayle [Ariz.], and hopes to include them in his efforts to reach out to younger voters.”

Note: Quayle is about five years older than Schock, Duffy 10.

At press time, there was a chance that Schock could get ousted from his position. GOP candidate Jesse Kelly, born in July 1981, was still in the race for Arizona’s 8th district.