While most college freshmen struggle with laundry and midterms, Saira Blair will be representing her district in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
The 18-year-old economics student – who ran her campaign out of her dorm room – defeated Layne Diehl, a 44-year-old attorney, in a 63 percent to 30 percent landslide on Tuesday, making her the youngest state lawmaker in the nation.
Blair, a fiscal conservative, said in a statement on her Facebook page that the voters of her small district – situated just 90 minutes outside of Washington D.C. – sent a clear message “that the path to prosperity and success is rooted in conservative values and principles.”
She recorded her first major political win back in May, when she defeated her district’s 66-year-old Republican incumbent in a primary – when she just 17.
Before winning the election, Blair was studying to be a financial planner but now she’s decided to defer her spring semester in order to attend the legislature’s 60-day session and make up classes in the summer and fall, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Although her dad – U.S. Senator Craig Blair – likely gave his daughter some pointers in the race, the teen reportedly contributed $4,000 of her own money into her campaign because she said, “I wanted voters to know I was serious.”
Now that the election is won, Blair says she’s ready to get down to business.
“History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it is the future of this state that is now my singular focus,” she said in her Facebook post.