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Florida Democrat Maxwell Frost secured a seat in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, becoming the first elected member of Congress from Generation Z.

  • Florida Democrat Maxwell Frost, 25, became the first elected member of Congress from Generation Z when he won a seat in the US House of Representatives.
  • Frost’s victory over Republican Calvin Wimbish was announced by US networks shortly after the polls closed.
  • Frost has aligned himself strongly with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, focusing on social justice and fighting climate change.

Generation Z will soon have their voice in Washington.

Florida Democrat Maxwell Frost, 25, became the first elected member of Congress from Generation Z on Tuesday when he won a seat in the US House of Representatives.

As a candidate in a district that leans heavily Democratic, US networks announced Frost’s victory over Republican Calvin Wimbish shortly after the polls closed.

“WE WON!!!!” tweeted an exuberant Frost. “We made history for Floridians, for Generation Z and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future.”

As a member of the generation that comprises today’s teens and young adults, African-American Frost, raised by a foster mother of Cuban descent, would stand out among the white and gray faces in the House, where the average age is a seasoned 58.

The candidate told AFP in Orlando last month on the campaign trail:

We need that representation in Congress so that we have a government that looks like the country and knows what the country is going through.

Frost, who drove an Uber during the campaign to make ends meet, has aligned himself strongly with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, focusing on social justice and fighting climate change. He has said that he will use his position in Washington to seek solutions to gun violence in the United States.

Frost was just 15 years old in 2012 when, like so many other Americans, he was horrified by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and decided to get involved in civic activism.

She later became a national representative for the March For Our Lives, the student-led group that launched with a massive 2018 rally against gun violence.

In New Hampshire, another Gen Z candidate, Karoline Leavitt, 25, is also running for Congress, though she comes from the opposite side of the political spectrum and is in a more competitive race.

Leavitt, a proud supporter of former President Donald Trump, advocates for lower taxes and tighter border controls.

Republican Madison Cawthorn is currently the youngest member of Congress, at 27 years old.

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