David Hogg Has Big Plans When He's 25

That's when the 18-year-old intends to be elected to Congress
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2018 1:48 PM CDT
David Hogg Has a 7-Year Mission
David Hogg in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York magazine is out with a profile of David Hogg, the high school student who has become a leader of a youth movement for stricter gun laws after the mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Fla. The story follows Hogg on the road as part of a bus tour to register young voters, and it presents a largely flattering portrait of an 18-year-old who seems poised beyond his years in front of the cameras—and as a very public target for supporters of the NRA. (One rally he leads "might be taught in future courses on political stagecraft," writes Lisa Miller.) A personal detail that may come as a surprise: Hogg is dyslexic and didn't learn to read until the fourth grade. His younger sister, Lauren, chalks up his speaking style to that early dyslexia. "He gets absorbed in his words because he's been doubted so much," she says. "He needs to overcompensate when he's arguing."

Perhaps less surprising is that Hogg has a very clear plan for himself over the next seven years. First, college (not sure where yet) in the fall of 2019. Then he'd like to take time off to work on somebody's presidential campaign (not sure who yet, but he says he's already been approached by candidates). Then back to school, and after graduation comes preparation for a run for Congress—he hopes to hold a seat at age 25. "I think I've come to that conclusion," he tells Miller. "I want to be at least part of the change in Congress." The story also touches on his "rock star" status in his generation, especially among girls, and his friendship with fellow Parkland activist Emma Gonzalez, whom he describes as "incredibly emotionally intelligent" and sees as a guide of sorts. Click to read the full story. (More David Hogg stories.)

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