Stefanik report seeks to help GOP improve millennial engagement

With millennials occupying the largest share of the U.S. workforce, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) released a report this week that aims to improve how Congressional Republicans engage with young constituents.

Stefanik, the chair of the House Republican Policy Committee’s Millennial Task Force, said her goal has been to develop smart strategies to address challenges faced by Americans born between 1980 and 2000, otherwise known as millennials.

Although millennials are the largest generation in today’s workforce, they account for the smallest percentage of electoral turnout. One survey found that 89 percent of millennials are not interested in running for office in the future, the report said.

“The success of this country depends upon investing in younger generations now so that they can contribute to our future,” Stefanik said.

The report identifies ways elected officials can better connect with millennials through increasing government transparency, advancing flexible policies, supporting innovation and protecting opportunity.

The Millennial Task Force was organized through the House Republican Policy Committee, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN). Serving as an advisory panel to House Republicans, the committee develops and promotes policy solutions.

“Our Task Force spent the past Congress listening to expert witnesses, and most importantly, to millennials,” Stefanik said. “Millennials have a unique perspective that can help craft a vision for our nation and a framework for how we can construct an empowerment economy.”

The report, titled “Millennials & the GOP: Rebuilding Trust with an Untapped Electorate,” identifies best practices for Republican representatives to engage millennials, including regular roundtable discussions, youth advisory groups, social media engagement and town hall meetings.

“As a millennial, I am honored to serve as chair of this task force as we develop 21st century solutions to issues facing this pivotal generation,” Stefanik said.