The Sunday Monitor had this article in it's Capital Beat section about numerous house committees where some members do not show up for meetings, some of whom have not come to a meeting this year. As the story indicates, there are some valid reasons for absences, such as work commitments and health issues. For a job that pays $100 a year, not many are in a position to be take on this responsibility. Unless you are retired, wealthy enough to not have to work or have a work situation that allows a lot of flexibility, you probably are not going to make a lot of meetings.
It's hard to be critical of those that miss the occasional meeting, but if you sign up for this and win election, you should have a plan to make sure you have the time and means to properly represent your constituents.
That aside, New Hampshire’s legislature of 400 members of the state House and 24 state senators, is made up of the oldest average age in the nation, at 66. In many ways, they do not demographically or economically, represent the citizens of their communities. How do we fix that? I applaud the few young members of the legislature who can make the sacrifice to work, fulfill family obligations and also represent their district. They are the exception though.
Come June of this year, candidates for state office can sign up to run for the primary in September, and if they win, the general election in November. That is a lot of time to ponder whether you have the time and means to fulfill the obligations that come with being elected. With the largest legislature in the USA, I doubt that voters will ever approve paying them a living wage so that it can be viable for younger working men and women to run for office. I guess the question to ask then is whether we are truly represented by those we send to Concord. I don't know and that is not a reflection on our representatives. They are volunteers and deserve our gratitude. We just have to trust that our interests are properly represented across all age groups and economic status.