In the Senate, the youngest member is another Grand Forks resident, Scott Meier, who turned 30 in January.

The youth caucus at the North Dakota Legislature is a small one. Just three members are 25 or younger.

The caucus grows if you raise the age limit to 30.

To be clear, there is no formal youth caucus – but it makes a good premise for a story.

These youngsters have quite a bit in common. They are Republicans, all of them. They represent college districts. In fact, two are from District 18 in Grand Forks, which includes the University of North Dakota campus. The third is from District 40, which includes the Minot State University campus.

So meet Emily O’Brien and Jake Blum, from District 18.

O’Brien is 25 –- she said so herself. She’s an entrepreneurship coach at UND’s Center for Entrepreneurship. That means she helps build business plans and does financial analyses for aspiring entrepreneurs. O’Brien graduated in May 2015.

Blum is 22, he said. As he puts it, he’s on “his victory lap” at UND. In other words, he’s a fifth-year student. He expects to graduate at the end of fall semester. His emphasis is on political science and criminal justice.

Both are from the Twin Cities suburbs. Blum grew up in Plymouth, Minn., and O’Brien is from Lakeville, Minn.

The third member of this youth caucus is a native North Dakotan – in fact his father is also a legislator. Matt Ruby is the son of Rep. Dan Ruby. Just one desk separates them on the House floor.

The younger Ruby is 25 – barely -- his dad reported. His birthday was the week the session began.

Unlike O’Brien and Blum, who are both single, Ruby is a family man. He and his wife Dana have two children and another on the way.  This shouldn’t surprise anybody, Ruby said. He himself is one of 10 children.

Ruby is on the House education and energy and natural resources committees. The first is a special interest; the second has taken a lot of his time. Energy and Natural Resources is hearing bills about gun rights – a special interest of his. “I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment,” he said.

O’Brien is on the House committees on Industry, Business and Labor, a kind of catch-all committee for business and workforce issues, and transportation.

Blum is on the Judiciary Committee and the Agriculture Committee. Despite being a suburbanite, he’s delighted with the latter assignment. In fact he was near giddy about his committee vote to repeal regulations on selling hay in the state.

These two enjoy a kind of special status among Republicans. They were elected in what is often considered one of the most left-leaning legislative districts in the state.

The district’s Senate member is Curt Kreun, who is not a candidate for the “youth caucus.” He raises the average age of the district’s delegation to 38.

Blum is a political activist. He was the state director for Students for Marco Rubio in the presidential campaign, and later worked as state director for Students for Donald Trump.

As for Ruby: He admits to being a political addict. His interest began when his father entered the House. Young Ruby was 11 years old.

If 30 were the ceiling for “youth caucus” membership, at least three more House members would qualify.

Rep. Tom Kading, who represents a Fargo district, is 29. He’s not a newcomer to the Legislature, though. He was elected in 2014.

Another Fargoan, Thomas Beadle, turns 30 in March. He’s been in the House since 2011.

Michael Howe from West Fargo turned 30 two months before he was elected to the House last year.

All of these young House members are Republicans; you’d have to raise the age limit to 31 to catch the first Democrat, Party Floor Leader Corey Mock of Grand Forks. He’s a legislative veteran, first elected in 2008.

In the Senate, the youngest member is another Grand Forks resident, Scott Meier, who turned 30 in January.

(Reach Mike Jacobs mjacobs@polarcomm.com.)