Maxwell Frost, 25, wins Florida House seat
Community organizer Maxwell Frost won his race for Congress in Florida on Tuesday, according to NBC News, making him the first member of Generation Z to reach the House of Representatives.
Frost, 25, beat Republican Calvin Wimbish, a 72-year-old retired Army Green Beret, to take the Orlando-based 10th congressional district seat now held by Democrat Val Demings.
“Central Florida, my name is Maxwell Alejandro Frost and I’m going to be the first Gen Z member of the United States Congress!” Frost told cheering fans in Orlando on Tuesday night.
Frost will stand out among his future peers in the halls of Congress where the average age of House members is 58. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 82, while GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy will turn 58 three weeks after the 118th Congress. session. (Gen Z generally refers to people born between the late 1990s and early 2010s.)
Members of the Chamber must be at least 25 years old. The minimum age to serve in the US Senate is 30, and a president must be at least 35.
The young Democrat worked as the national organizing director of March for Our Lives, an anti-gun violence group that emerged from the Parkland Massacre, and made gun violence a focal point of his campaign.
Frost has won support from prevention groups like Brady: United Against Gun Violence and Giffords, as well as gun control activist Fred Guttenberg, one of the most prominent parent activists to emerge from the high school massacre. Marjory Stoneman Douglas on February 14. 2018, when her 14-year-old daughter, Jaime Guttenberg, was shot dead.
Frost said he knew fighting gun violence was going to be his calling when he was 15, when 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
“I started organizing when I was 15 because I didn’t want to get shot in my school,” Frost told supporters on Tuesday night.
“People yearn for bold champions who believe in the bold transformational change that we need, that every person in Central Florida and across the state and across this nation deserves, as a human being.”
Frost was heavily favored to win the Deep Blue District. With 72% of the votes counted, he led Wimbish 58.8% to 39.7%.
Another Gen Z congressional candidate, 25-year-old Republican Karoline Leavitt, is in a competitive race for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.