Teenager Wins House Seat
18-year-old Democrat Jacob Bachmeier wasn’t old enough to open his campaign bank account when he announced his bid for House District 28 last year. Neither was his high school friend and campaign manager, Daniel Almas. They went to the bank on his 18th birthday to file the initial paperwork.
When the teenage Democratic State Representative is sworn in to serve Havre’s House District 28, he will be the youngest elected state officeholder in the country. His 19th birthday is in January, making him just a few months too old to break national and state records set by officials who were so young they could not vote for themselves in the primaries. State auditor candidate Jesse Laslovich entered the 2001 Montana Legislature at 19, but the youngest Montanan to serve in state office was Jack Uhde of Kalispell, who turned 18 a few weeks before his 1976 election to the House.