But when you look at the generational makeup of the freshman Democratic class, the youngest members are actually among the most moderate of the entire caucus. Reps. Max Rose (32 years old), Conor Lamb (34), Xochitl Torres Small (34), Jared Golden (36), and Joe Cunningham (36) are all in that camp. Six more freshmen in the under-40 crowd represent districts that President Trump carried—and their early careers have been defined by their pragmatic approach to legislating. All told, the 11 millennial moderates greatly outnumber the three true-blue progressives (Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rep. Joe Neguse).
The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez gets more attention than her party’s own leadership. Rep. Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, a 30-year-old who won a seat crucial to the party’s House majority, is a virtual unknown on Capitol Hill.
Include the 40-year-old Democrats, and you’ve got the moderate chair of the Blue Dog Coalition (Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida), one of the few freshmen who voted against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Rep. Anthony Brindisi of New York), and a former Marine Corps officer who has made a mission of electing like-minded moderates (Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts).