18-Year-Old West Virginian is Country's Youngest Legislator

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Eighteen-year-old Saira Blair will become the youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history.

The Republican defeated Democrat Layne Diehl on Tuesday to win a seat in the state House of Delegates to become the youngest state lawmaker in the U.S..

"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," Blair said in a statement. "Since launching my campaign, I have met with and listened to the concerns of my fellow citizens, and as your delegate I will work tirelessly, and fight for each and every one of you. Now, it is time to get to work."