Meet 13 of the youngest politicians around the world (Grace Panetta)
Sebastian Kurz

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  • From Europe to the United States to Africa, the last decade has seen more young people getting actively involved in politics and even becoming elected officials themselves. 
  • The world's current youngest leader is Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, 32. 
  • In the United States, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29. Many nations have members of parliament who are as young as 22. 
  • Here are some of the youngest politicians around the world.

The past several years have seen a marked increase in young people getting involved in politics and running for office from the United States to Europe and Africa. 

In Europe, the aftermath of the global financial crisis inspired both right-wing populist movements led by young people, like the Five Star movement in Italy, and left-wing populist movements including Spain's Podemos party. 

In the United States, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29, but many nations have members of parliament who are as young as 22. 

The last American election cycle saw the number of millennials increase by over 300% in the US Congress, with around 700 millennials running for state legislative seats around the country. 

Read more: 8 of the most influential millennial women in US politics

And in Europe, more leaders under the age of 40 like Austria's Sebastian Kurz, France's Emmanuel Macron, and Ireland's Leo Varadkar have come to power, and parliaments in countries like France and Spain are getting younger and more diverse. 

In Africa, Asia, and Australia, young people are also running for office, rising up through the ranks of government, and making history. 

Here are some of the youngest politicians around the world: 

At age 32, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is the youngest currently-serving world leader. He was elected at age 30 in 2017.

Sebastian Kurz

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Source: TIME

The second-youngest world leader is 34-year-old Luca Santolini, a Capitan regent of San Marino.

Luca Santolini

Government of San Marino.

Source: Corriere Romagna

In November, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, and Abby Finkenauer, 30, made history as the youngest and second-youngest women elected to the United States Congress.

Female members of Congress

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Source: ThinkProgress

In Italy, Luigi DiMaio became a rising star of the populist Five Star movement and currently serves as a deputy prime minister at just 31 years old.

Luigi DiMaio.JPG

REUTERS/Max Rossi/File Photo

Source: Washington Post

Mark Okeye, 32, is Nigeria's youngest commissioner as Economic Planning and Budget commissioner for Anambara State.

Mark Okeye

Screenshot via YouTube/Anambra Broadcasting Service

Source: Nigerian Monitor

Mhairi Black, a British member of parliament from Scotland, was first elected at the age of 20 in 2015 — making her the youngest-ever MP to serve in the history of the House of Commons since 1832.

Mhairi Black.JPG

REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Source: The Independent 

Kenyan National Assembly member and former journalist Naisula Lesuuda, 34, was the youngest member to serve in Kenya's Senate at age 29 in 2013.

Naisula Lesuuda

Screenshot via Kenya Citizen TV

Source: Kenya Citizen TV

In 2017, law student Typhanie Degois became the youngest member of France's parliament at age 24. She was one of several new lawmakers elected from Emmanuel Macron's En Marche party.

Typhanie Degois


Source: 20Minutes

Edison Broce, 27, is the youngest lawmaker in Panama's national assembly. He also holds a master's in public policy from Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government.

Edison Broce Panama

Panama National Assembly

Source: University of Oxford

Senator Jordon Steele-John, elected in 2017 at the age of 22, is currently the youngest member of Australia's parliament.

Jordan Steele John

Michael Masters/Getty Images

Source: Parliament of Australia

At age 25, Malaysian Youth & Sports minister Syed Saddiq is the youngest-ever person to serve in the government of Malaysia's cabinet.

Syed Saddiq

Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Source: South China Morning Post

Ebba Hermansson of Sweden was also elected to her country's parliament at age 22.

Ebba Hermansson

Screenshot via Expressen TV

Source: Sveriges Radio

Egyptian-Spanish politician Nagua Alba was elected to Spain's parliament at age 25 in 2015. She became not only the youngest member of parliament, but the first member of Arab descent.

Nagua Alba


Source: El Pais

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