Justin Chenette has always surprised people. After managing a lauded student-run television network at his high school, Chenette worked as a teenage journalist at a Maine TV station, graduated early from college, and interned with former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. Four years ago, he ran for Maine's House of Representatives — and won. At age 21, Chenette became Maine's youngest legislator and the nation's youngest openly gay politician.
Chenette was no flash in the pan; he was reelected by a comfortable margin in 2014. Now, after working on issues relating to youth, women, and criminal justice, Chenette is hoping to making the leap to Maine's Senate. The current senator from his district, Linda Valentino, decided not to run for reelection, but she happily endorsed the rising Democrat. Could this be our future gay president?