Maxwell Alejandro Frost will be the youngest member of Congress in 2023 after cruising in general election
The Gen Z politico replaces the outgoing Val Demings with an infusion of youth and Latinidad.
Maxwell Alejandro Frost was predicted as a shoo-in following his win the Democratic primary in the Democratic stronghold of Florida’s 10th Congressional District, but it is no less momentous for the 26-year-old.
Frost, who has Cuban roots, is the first member of Generation Z to be elected to Congress after defeating Republican challenger Calvin Wimbush handily in the general election on Nov. 8.
In winning, Frost celebrated in the way only Gen Z knows how to and took to social media.
"History was made tonight. We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future," Frost wrote in tweet after he was declared the winner by the AP. Many outlets like the New York Times also followed in declaring the race for Frost.
Frost's district, Florida's 10th Congressional District, is one of the few Democratic strongholds in Florida, and was most recently held by Val Demings, who challenged (and lost) to incumbent U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in 2022. The district comprises the Western half of Orlando and some of its surrounding towns and cities.
The 26-year-old's campaign focused on his progressive views that are shaped by his own life experiences, which include gun violence, climate change and civil rights. His mother and grandmother first came to Florida in the 1960s. during the Cuba Freedom Flights. Frost grew up in a community riddled with violence from both sides of the law.
"Our generation has been born into a lot of trauma and a lot of civil unrest around people being frustrated with things. And I think because of that, our generation naturally thinks about things in a bit of a different way," he said in an interview on the campaign trail with NPR.
Frost was also the subject of a recent BOLD PAC six-figure ad buy that highlighted his upbringing, misinformation on the campaign trail, and the importance of the 2022 elections for his fellow Generation Z members.
It drove home the history he celebrated early on Tuesday night.