Maxwell Alejandro Frost, a 25-year-old gun violence survivor, was elected to Florida’s 10th Congressional District on Tuesday night, making him the first Gen Z-er and first Afro-Cuban to serve in Congress.
Frost, a Democrat, ran on ending gun violence, protecting U.S. democracy through election reform, and addressing the climate crisis. He defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish and independent candidates Jason Holic and Usha Jain.
The historically blue House seat was previously held by Val Demings, who lost to Marco Rubio in the Senate race Tuesday night. Frost started working on gun reform activism in high school and was a national organizing director at March for Our Lives, the youth-led movement started in the wake of the Parkland school massacre.
“TODAY, GEN-Z IS GOING TO CONGRESS BAYBEEEE,” he tweeted Tuesday. “… We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future…”
TODAY, GEN-Z IS GOING TO CONGRESS BAYBEEEE pic.twitter.com/AWHrQoiC80
— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) November 8, 2022