- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia lawmaker believes people legally able to drink, vote and serve in the military should be allowed to run for a seat in the state Senate.

State Sen. Josh McKoon says he plans to introduce legislation this year lowering the minimum age for candidates from 25 to 21. McKoon says he was inspired by an 18-year-old elected to West Virginia’s legislature in November.

You must be 21 to run for a seat in Georgia’s House of Representatives. Making that change across the aisle would take a constitutional amendment.

Supporters say young people can best speak to their own issues, including college loan debt and high unemployment in the age group.

McKoon says he plans to seek co-sponsors for the bill on Monday as the legislative session begins in Atlanta.

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