David Hogg, one of the powerful young activists who recently graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has dreams of one day running for Congress.
In an in-depth profile of the 18-year-old, New York Magazine‘s Daily Intelligencer reports that not only does Hogg want to enter politics, but he plans to do so soon — when he turns 25 years old.
Since the February 14 mass shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed, Hogg’s joined forces with fellow classmates like Emma González and Cameron Kasky to call for stricter gun control policies and to ensure this tragedy isn’t soon forgotten.
Between giving interviews, making speeches, and cultivating a strong presence online, Hogg and his friends led massive public protests like the March For Our Lives, embarked on a nationwide summer tour to register voters, and even wrote a book.
“I think I’ve come to that conclusion, I want to be at least part of the change in Congress.”
Despite death threats and claims that he’s a “crisis actor,” Hogg refuses to abandon his efforts to reform gun laws.
“If somebody is stupid enough to try anything on us, that will make the movement even stronger,” he told New York Magazine.
Over the next seven years, Hogg hopes to keep fighting for change on a national level. During the remainder of 2018, he’s eager to meet more activists and prepare for the midterm elections. He plans to start college in the 2019 fall semester.
In 2020 he says he’d ideally like to work on a presidential campaign, and once he finishes school, focus his attention on a congressional run.
“I think I’ve come to that conclusion, I want to be at least part of the change in Congress,” Hogg told the magazine.
Read the full profile here.