Maxwell Alejandro Frost secures the top spot in the Gen Z house
Generation Z is officially based in Congress.
Maxwell Alejandro Frost, a 25-year-old Democrat, won Tuesday’s election in Florida’s 10th congressional district over Calvin Wimbish, a Republican, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Frost will represent the Orlando-area seat being vacated by Rep. Val Demings, the Democratic senatorial candidate.
His victory guarantees that the next Congress will have at least one member of Generation Z, whose oldest members were born in 1997 and are newly qualified for the House, which is at least 25 years old. can join by Caroline Leavitt, a Republican running in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.
It is rare for 25-year-olds to be elected to Congress. Before Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-North Carolina, won in 2020, that didn’t happen in more than 45 years.
Mr. Frost is a progressive Democrat whose campaign focused on issues of particular importance to many young voters: gun violence, climate change, abortion rights and Medicare for all. His background is in activism, including work with the March for Our Lives student movement against gun violence.
U interview with The New York Times in August, he argued that he brought a different perspective to politics because of the era in which he came of age: an era of mass shootings, increasing natural disasters and widespread social upheaval.
“I come from a generation that has been through more mass shooting drills than fire drills,” he said. “This is something that my generation had to face head-on: being afraid to go to school, being afraid to go to church, being afraid to be in your community. It gives me a sense of urgency.”
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