At age 20, lawmaker from Groton City is state’s youngest
HARTFORD — Aundré Bumgardner is too young to legally drink or gamble, but he can help enact laws in Connecticut.
The 20-year-old Bumgardner took his seat in the state House of Representatives Wednesday as the youngest member of the legislature.
Bumgardner, who lives with his parents and two younger siblings in Groton City, is a Republican who defeated four-term incumbent Democrat Elissa Wright from the 41st House District last November, winning by 39 votes.
“It’s a real honor to be here in this capacity,” Bumgardner told The Day of New London after his swearing-in at the Capitol. He called it surreal.
His parents are not surprised at his success. His mother, Liz Bumgardner, recalled that at age 6, he asked for a birthday cake decorated with a picture of Abraham Lincoln.