Democrats are facing a leadership challenge in the House and Senate. Even as younger Democrats are growing restless, the current leaders appear unwilling to give up their seats. When top Democrat Rep. Linda Sanchez of California called for a “new generation of leaders,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused.
By the numbers:
The three leading Democrats in the House of Representatives are all nearly 80 years old. Additionally, the average of Democrats serving under them is 61.
Three of Democrats who are frequently mentioned as possible contenders in the 2020 election are: former Vice President Joe Biden, 74; Sen. Bernie Sanders, 76; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 68.
Former DNC Chair Howard Dean recently told MSNBC: “Our leadership is old and creaky, including me.”
A recent CNN poll found that five of the six people voters view as Democratic Party leaders average 71 years old (Sanders, Clinton, Schumer, Warren, Biden).
Four Democratic Representatives are more than twice the average age of their constituents: Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), 88; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), 81; Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.), 76; Rep. Jose Serrano (N.Y.), 74.
Among Democrats in the Senate, some will be octogenarians after another six-year term: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (79), Bernie Sanders (74), and Bill Nelson (75).
Elsewhere, the once fair-haired boy of the Democratic Party, Gov. Jerry Brown of California is 79.
There are a few younger Democrats who may be contemplating a presidential run in 2020:
Mayor Eric Garcetti (46) of Los Angeles; Mayor Mitch Landrieu (57) of New Orleans; Rep. Tim Ryan (44) of Ohio; Sen. Kamala Harris (53) of California; and billionaire Tom Steyer (60).