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Get To Know Justin Chenette, The Nation's Youngest Openly Gay Lawmaker: VIDEO

ChenetteCongratulations to Justin Chenette, one of the newest members of Maine's State House. And, at the age of 21, he's also the nation's youngest openly gay lawmaker.

NECN provides more information:

“I think it's important that young people have a seat at the table and that's what I am trying to accomplish here," says Chenette, who won the November election by a huge margin.  

Surprisingly, Chenette went into the campaign with strong name recognition. As a high school student, he hosted a political show on public access television and if a candidate wanted to get elected in Saco, they found their way to his show.

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There were skeptics [when he announced his candidacy], but Chenette wasn't deterred. "If you believe in something you have to go for it, you can't let other people tell you know when you believe yes, that has been a theme in anything I have taken on."

Chenette took a leave of absence from his position as an assistant producer at Maine Fox 23's Good Day morning show to run for office. Obviously that decision paid off.

AFTER THE JUMP, NECN's interview with Chenette.

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  1. awesome sauce. congrats

    Posted by: gomez | Dec 6, 2012 7:54:46 PM


  2. Young and cute, with apparently big balls. What a catch! And very soon marrying material.

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 6, 2012 7:58:05 PM


  3. Awesome! Seems like a very bright young man. I'm sure he'll do a great job.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 6, 2012 8:20:20 PM


  4. Cute and smart! <3

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 6, 2012 9:06:36 PM


  5. CHENETTE 2028 ;-)

    Posted by: Fox | Dec 6, 2012 9:20:32 PM


  6. Very smart, very cute, and very stylish. I will be watching his potential grow into actuality in the future

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Dec 6, 2012 9:54:40 PM


  7. WERK! oh, he be a bright shinin' star.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 6, 2012 10:15:36 PM


  8. Kiwi : Don't you mean, "Oh, to be an American too!" ? Werk !!

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 6, 2012 11:06:57 PM


  9. But not one word of his being gay in the story. Now that's a disappointment.

    Posted by: Bob Roehr | Dec 7, 2012 10:58:09 AM


  10. Driven, implicitly closeted and already developing the young, gay precursor to horrendous politician hair.

    I tend to be suspicious of *anyone* (esp at 21) who wants to be a politician - but being openly gay in politics is hard. It is also, by itself, a social good quite apart from whatever governing he takes part in.

    Posted by: kipp | Dec 7, 2012 12:36:12 PM


  11. @LittleKiwi:

    So now you are doing stereotypical "ghetto speak"? You are a white male and also, apparently, a racist.

    Posted by: Anne | Dec 7, 2012 3:39:03 PM


  12. Anne, it was an attempt at humor, I think: I'm not going to speak for him, just offer my opinion. Stop being so dour; you might enjoy life more. And let go of your misandry, i.e, use the word or term 'man' instead of 'male.'

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Dec 7, 2012 5:25:14 PM


  13. How was it known that this lovely boy is supposed to be openly gay?

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Dec 7, 2012 5:26:05 PM


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