25-year-old Cuban activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost made history by confirming on Tuesday that he would defeat Republican Calvin Wimbish to become the first generation Z face in the United States Congress.
Frost will represent Florida’s 10th district in the Orlando area, with a large Democratic majority; A seat left vacant by fellow Democrat Val Demings, who—unsuccessfully—contested with Republican Marco Rubio in the Senate race in the southern state.
“! We won! History was made tonight. We’ve made history for Floridians, Generation Z and everyone else who believes we deserve a better future. I look forward to the opportunity to represent my home in the United States Congress.” Grateful for it,” Frost said in a tweet.
This will be the first year in which candidates for so-called Generation Z or “Zillennials”, who were born between 1995 and 2010, will be able to aspire to become members of the US Congress of House of Representatives. At age 25, Frost qualifies as the minimum age required for a seat in the legislature.
Proud of his Afro-Cuban roots, Frost explains on his campaign’s official website how his grandmother and mother came to Florida from Cuba on the so-called Freedom Flights of the 1960s. His mother was a “victim of the system”. She was involved in a “cycle of drugs, crime and violence” during her pregnancy and had to make the “difficult decision” to adopt.
The youngest member of Congress has admitted to being a victim of police and gun violence, which is why he has led his campaign to controversial points such as gun control, climate change, universal access to health, the right to vote, and the prevention of violence. focused on. , among other subjects.