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The Oldest (and Youngest) US House Delegations in the 113th Congress

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West Virginia and Oregon have the oldest multi-member delegations to the House with Kansas and Arkansas the youngest

westvirginiaseal10.pngAlthough the state saw the defeat of a then 67 year-old 14-term congressmen during the 2010 cycle (Democrat Alan Mollohan), West Virginia nonetheless claims the title of the oldest multi-member U.S. House delegation in the country for the newly convened 113th Congress.

That 1st CD seat was captured by Republican David McKinley, who is only four years Mollohan's junior, and is now 65 years old.

Add McKinley to GOPer Shelley Moore Capito from the 2nd CD (59 years old) and Democrat Nick Rahall from the 3rd CD (63) and the state delegation clocks in at an average age of 62 years.

Only the single-member states of Alaska (Don Young, 79) and Vermont (Peter Welch, 65) are older than the Mountain State delegation.

Just five other U.S. House delegations come in at a collective average age of 60 years or older: Oregon at 61, and Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, and Texas at 60.

Oregon's seasoned delegation is comprised of Republican Greg Walden (age 56), and Democrats Peter DeFazio (65), Earl Blumenauer (64), Kurt Schrader (61), and Suzanne Bonamici (58).

Even though Michigan's 83-year old 18-term Democrat Dale Kildee was replaced by his 54-year old nephew Dan in the 2012 cycle after the elder Kildee's retirement, the Wolverine State still cracks the Top Five due to long-serving representatives like John Dingell (age 86), John Conyers (83), and Sander Levin (81) - all born between 1926 and 1931.

No other Michigan Representative was born before 1951 with Republican maverick Justin Amash one of just six House members born in the 1980s.

Rounding out the Top 10 oldest delegations in the nation are California, New Jersey, and North Carolina with an average age of 59 years for each state's respective representatives.

On the other side of the spectrum, Kansas Republicans Tim Huelskamp (44 years old), Lynn Jenkins (49), Kevin Yoder (37), and Mike Pompeo (49) comprise the youngest multi-member delegation in the House averaging just 44 years of age.

Kansas trails only the single-member state of South Dakota whose at-large U.S. Representative Kristi Noem is 41.

The other youngest House delegations in the country are Arkansas at 45 years, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Hawaii at 46, Nebraska at 48, Rhode Island at 49, and the single-member state of Montana at 50.

Overall, the average age of the 433 U.S. Representatives currently serving in the House is 57 years old.

The average aggregated state delegation age for the nine Northeastern states is 58 years old, with the 16 Southern states and 13 Western states at 55 and the dozen Midwestern states at 52.

Average Age and Birth Year of U.S. House Delegations by State, 113th Congress

Rank
State
Year
Age
1
Alaska*
1933
79
2
Vermont*
1947
65
3
West Virginia
1950
62
4
Oregon
1951
61
5
Connecticut
1952
60
5
Iowa
1952
60
5
Michigan
1952
60
5
Texas
1952
60
9
California
1953
59
9
New Jersey
1953
59
9
North Carolina
1953
59
12
Massachusetts
1954
58
12
New Hampshire
1954
58
12
New York
1954
58
12
Virginia
1954
58
12
Wyoming*
1954
58
17
Arizona
1955
57
17
Georgia
1955
57
17
Maine
1955
57
17
Maryland
1955
57
17
Minnesota
1955
57
17
Missouri
1955
57
17
Pennsylvania
1955
57
17
Tennessee
1955
57
25
Delaware*
1956
56
25
Kentucky
1956
56
27
Florida
1957
55
27
Ohio
1957
55
27
South Carolina
1957
55
27
Wisconsin
1957
55
31
Louisiana
1958
54
31
Mississippi
1958
54
33
Idaho
1959
53
33
New Mexico
1959
53
33
Washington
1959
53
36
Alabama
1960
52
36
Colorado
1960
52
36
Illinois
1960
52
36
Utah
1960
52
40
Nevada
1961
51
40
North Dakota*
1961
51
42
Montana*
1962
50
43
Rhode Island
1963
49
44
Nebraska
1964
48
45
Hawaii
1966
46
45
Indiana
1966
46
45
Oklahoma
1966
46
48
Arkansas
1967
45
49
Kansas
1968
44
50
South Dakota*
1971
41
* Denotes states with one at-large U.S. Representative. Table compiled by Smart Politics.

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