CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - A Chesterfield college student who developed a passion for politics as a teenager is heading to Cleveland this weekend as a Missouri delegate to the Republican National Presidential Nominating Convention.
Madeleine Castle took a constitutional law course at a home school resource center when she was a ninth grader. That introduction to government in the U.S. sparked her interest in how our country is run.
She is the youngest delegate in the Missouri delegation and was elected to represent Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.
"I’m bound to Donald Trump because he won my district. I actually voted for Cruz in the primary, but I will be representing the district at the convention,” she said.
Castle recalls an early experience campaigning for Republican Jane Cunningham who served in both the Missouri House and the Senate.
She went on to attend her Republican Township meetings and is now the adult leader of the St. Louis Teen Eagles. She describes the group as “serious-minded Christian conservative students” who work to develop leadership skills to “positively influence the culture, particularly through politics.”
For the past two years, Castle has been taking online college courses from The King’s College in New York City. This fall she will take classes at the Manhattan based college. She is studying politics, philosophy and economics and is considering a career in public policy analysis.
“My passion is getting other people involved in politics just through local activism,” she said in an interview Friday.
The two other delegates from the 2nd District are political veterans Mark Harder, a St. Louis County Councilman and Carl Bearden, a former Missouri state representative.
Castle likes the selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate.
“I think he’s a good addition because he will draw in the social conservatives in a way that Trump hasn’t been able to at this point,” she said.