At 26-years-old, Bride Rose Sweeney is currently the youngest elected official at the Ohio Statehouse. She is the youngest person ever to represent the 14th House District, which encompasses part of the Cleveland area.
Sweeney grew up in a political household and never knew a world without it.
“Ever since I was a little girl I saw him actually make government work for people and I said what a cool way to spend your life,” said Sweeney.
Her father Martin Sweeney served on the Cleveland City Council before representing the 14th House District in 2015.
She now has the honor of continuing where he left off.
“Voting on the first bill. That was the first time it felt real to me,” said Sweeney.
On Wednesday, Sweeney was sworn into office with her dad right by her side.
“When it came (time) for the opportunity to run for this seat, I said: ‘I’ve been doing this job. Why cant it be me?,” said Sweeney.
Sweeney has had her hand in politics since she was in college, registering young voters to vote for the first time and working as a staffer at the Ohio Statehouse.
She’s hoping to make a name for herself. And on election day she did just that. Winning more than 72 percent of her district’ss votes.
“Young people, young women can be an avenue for change,” she said.
She said she is eager to create change and have a voice in the state of Ohio.
“I want this to be a place where everyone wants to live and that is why (it’s important to have a) quality education and make sure that young people feel safe. That we are taking care of those who took care of us, our elderly, our veterans. Make sure we have access to health care. Young people care about these issues,” she said.
Sweeney says she hopes with her new position it will inspire young people to get more involved in politics.