Tuesday, July 31, 2012

American Falls Lawmaker, 21, Still Lives With Parents

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

If a southeastern Idaho lawmaker needs some help on a crucial vote, she can always turn to her parents. In fact, American Falls City Council Member Maria Rangel still lives with her folks.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Rangel, who turned 21 years old on July 29, was recently sworn in as American Falls' newest council member. She told the Journal that she was always interested in government in high school, and one of her mentors, former teacher Marc Beitia, urged her to seek the council seat. With good reason: A former council member himself, Beitia recently became mayor of American Falls, vacating the seat on the council that was taken by Rangel.

Rangel is a full-time student at Idaho State University, studying business administration.

"I don't think my age is a big deal," Rangel told the Journal. "I should be fine."

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