Gen Z is in the House. Florida Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost, 25, made history during Tuesday’s midterm elections as the first member of Gen Z — anyone born after 1996 — to be elected to Congress. Frost won Florida’s 10th Congressional District in the Orlando area, whose seat was recently vacated by Rep. Val Demings — who ran for Senate and lost against incumbent Republican Marco Rubio.
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“WE WON!!!! History was made tonight,” Frost tweeted after the race was called for him. “We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to represent my home in the United States Congress.”
Here are five things to know about one of the newest and youngest members of Congress, and his historic win:He’s a progressive activist backed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Frost, whose campaign site describes him as running for “social, racial & economic justice,” campaigned on gun control and Medicare for all, as well as voting and abortion rights, and addressing climate change. So he landed high-profile endorsements from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. After winning the Democratic nomination last summer, he tweeted: “We won because of our message: Love. That no matter who you are, you deserve healthcare, a livable wage, and to live free from gun violence.” Frost is the first Afro Cuban American elected to Congress Frost highlights his Cuban heritage on his campaign bio page, describing how his mother put him up for adoption after she was “caught in a cycle of drugs, crime, and violence while pregnant” without health care. He also writes about experiencing gun violence and “police abuse firsthand” in his community, and recalls how his grandmother “worked in Miami factories more than 70 hours a week.” He’s already butted heads with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis In June, Frost went viral for interrupting an interview that DeSantis was giving to call on the governor to do more about gun control. “Nobody wants to hear from you,” DeSantis said at the time.
Frost told the Associated Press that he was just getting into “good trouble,” which was an homage to the late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. “That video is really a microcosm of …