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Republican Madison Cawthorn, 25, becomes youngest Congress member

Rising Republican star Madison Cawthorn on Tuesday tweeted ‘cry more, lib’ after he was elected to represent a western North Carolina U.S. House district. 

The 25-year-old will become the youngest member of Congress. He first drew attention after defeating Trump’s preferred candidate in an upset in the June GOP primary runoff. 

Cawthorn, who was left partially paralyzed from a car accident, then delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in August during which he stood up from his wheelchair with the help of a walker.

Following his win Cawthorn tweeted: ‘Cry more, lib.’ He later added: ‘From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. All glory goes to God and I am excited to serve each and every member of this district. Thank you!’

In a statement he said: ‘This election showed that we’re a divided people. 

‘Americans are hungry for leadership that appeals to our highest aspirations, and that’s precisely what I intend to do.’  

Rising Republican star Madison Cawthorn on Tuesday tweeted ‘cry more, lib’ after he was elected to represent a western North Carolina U.S. House district

Following his win Cawthorn tweeted: 'Cry more, lib.' He later added: 'From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. All glory goes to God and I am excited to serve each and every member of this district. Thank you!'

Following his win Cawthorn tweeted: ‘Cry more, lib.’ He later added: ‘From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. All glory goes to God and I am excited to serve each and every member of this district. Thank you!’

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now 31, was 29 when she was elected. Madison becomes the youngest person to be elected to Congress in at least 50 years. He is the youngest Republican ever elected to Congress. 

Cawthorn turned 25 in August, which is the constitutionally mandated age to be eligible to serve in the House of Representatives. 

Missouri Republican Josh Hawley, 40, is the youngest senator.  

Cawthorn added: ‘The days of AOC and the far left misleading the next generation of Americans are numbered. Tonight, the voters of Western North Carolina chose to stand for freedom and a new generation of leadership in Washington.’ 

The rising GOP star’s win in the 11th Congressional District allows him to fill a vacant seat previously held by Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who left to serve as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. 

Cawthorn defeated Democrat and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis, 62. Davis said: ‘The voters have spoken and while I’m disappointed, I respect their decision.’ 

Cawthorn turned 25 in August, which is the constitutionally mandated age to be eligible to serve in the House of Representatives

Cawthorn defeated Democrat and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis, 62, pictured. Davis said: 'The voters have spoken and while I’m disappointed, I respect their decision.'

Cawthorn, left, defeated Democrat and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis, 62, right. Davis said: ‘The voters have spoken and while I’m disappointed, I respect their decision.’

In June, Cawthorn made national headlines when he unexpectedly beat real estate agent Lynda Bennett, a Trump-backed candidate, to win the Republican nomination for former House Rep. Mark Meadows’ seat. 

Following that win he said Donald Trump called from Air Force One to congratulate him.  

‘He congratulated me. He was talking about how amazing of a victory it was. He defined it as beautiful, you know. Just talking about how impressive it was that we were able to overcome just so many large obstacles that we did,’ Cawthorn said.

‘I believe, you know, the president recognized that we ran a campaign that was very difficult to beat and also that we are someone who can really help ease this partisan divide that’s going on in our country right now and help bring a lot of our voters together,’ he said.

Cawthorn, who was left partially paralyzed from a car accident, then delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in August during which he stood up from his wheelchair with the help of a walker

Cawthorn, who was left partially paralyzed from a car accident, then delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in August during which he stood up from his wheelchair with the help of a walker

His personal story of recovery from a near-fatal accident which left him paralyzed was well-known in the district.

Cawthorn was returning from a Spring Break trip to Florida in 2014 when his friend fell asleep at the wheel of their SUV and plowed into a concrete road barrier. Cawthorn was flown to a trauma center in Daytona Beach.

‘I wake up and I can’t move my legs. All I see is my family around me, looking at me with nothing but pity,’ he told the Washington Examiner, adding he realized: ‘Wow, I’m really messed up, whatever’s going on.’

At the time he said had been about to attend the U.S. Naval Academy with a full scholarship. 

But he had actually been rejected the academy before the crash.

He also called Hitler ‘the Fuhrer’ after saying visiting the dictator’s home was on his ‘bucket list’. He was also accused of sexual misconduct by several women, The New York Times reports. 


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