NBC4COLUMBUS (WCMH) – “We do not serve to get elected, we get elected to serve.”

That is the quote you will find if you go to the bio page of Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin.

At the age of 32, he is in his second term as president of City Council, the youngest person ever elected to sit in the president’s chair.

He is also the first openly gay Columbus Council leader.

But he does not want to be defined by age, orientation, or skin color, his immutable characteristics. He wants you to see the things he can control.

“You know, sometimes folks talk about being a history maker, I don’t think folks will remember – hopefully, they won’t remember – that I was just a first, but they will remember some of the things we’ve done policy wise that have improved their lives, which will then make it all worth it,” Hardin said.