WASHINGTON — On the final day of new member orientation last week, Gen Z Rep.-elect Maxwell Frost Was eating breakfast in the U.S. Capitol basement, and poking at scrambled eggs using a plastic fork. “I made a Beyond sausage biscuit,” Frost “Said, while describing the other things on his plate.” “Slap.”

If you’re not familiar with the millennial and Gen Z slang for “this thing is delicious” then you’re in good company: The majority of Frost’s soon-to-be colleagues probably aren’t either.

The first person to be elected from Orlando, Florida was the progressive activist, aged 25, last month Gen Z — which encompasses those currently in their teens and early 20s — elected to Congress, where the average member is a baby boomer around 60.

While Frost isn’t the first person to join the House at the minimum allowable age — Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-S.C.), who recently lost a primary, entered at 25 last year — he’s the first from a generation There are many digital natives that are significantly more racially or ethnically diverse than other generations. It’s fitting, then, that Gen Z’s new congressman identifies as an Afro-Cuban of Haitian, Puerto Rican and Lebanese descent.

Frost Many of the characteristics that define liberals are found in embodied in. Gen Z, like being socially conscious and progressive. He rejects the notion that he speaks more for this generation than any other member of Congress, despite being one of the most sought-after members in the new Congress by, like, lot.

“I do of course appreciate the gravity of being the first member of a generation in an institution like Congress,” Frost The Sunday Review was contacted by The Sunday Review via phone a few days prior to meeting at Capitol during orientation. Here, new representatives learn about the basics of running an office, as well as get to know each other over boozy happy hour.

“But I also like to push back because I really don’t see myself as the representation of Gen Z in this country. That’s the problem with celebrity culture in our politics: We put politicians on a pedestal. I’m honored to be the first [Gen Z] member in Congress. … But as far as representing this generation, I mean, everyone in the generation is a representative.”

Maxwell Frost Takes a selfie with members from the Congressional Progressive Caucus at U.S. Capitol.

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Frost It belongs to youngest class a number of relatively diverse members, making it one of the most recent congressional appointments. George Santos, a New York Republican, is the first openly homosexual Republican to win a seat on Congress. Mary Peltola, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is the first Alaska Native. Becca Balint (a Democrat) is also the first woman openly gay to represent Vermont. Seventeen of the new members are in their 20s or 30s. Frost Knowing many people is the best way to get to know them. “It’s been great learning about their districts,” He stated. “I want to visit everyone. Everyone has to come to Orlando.”

Frost is humble, chill and pragmatic — common traits among Gen Zers. “My whole life I’ve done really crazy things,” He spoke these words while living out perhaps the most bizarre thing yet, as a 20 year old flanked by two of his aides in Capitol’s dining hall. “I’m always, like, scheming on different ideas,” He concluded. “I’ll do 30, and one will work and 29 will fail.”

Growing up Frost He was used to hearing him say he should run for something. “I did speech competition in high school as a young Black man in the age of [then-President Barack] Obama, so of course you’re going to give a speech and people say, ‘Oh, you need to run for office.’ It’s flattering, but I never really though about it seriously, to be honest.”

Adopted by a Cuban mom who teaches special education, and a white dad who is a professional pianist. Frost — who is also a drummer and ex-manager of up-and-coming musical artists — attended a high school for the arts in Kissimmee and dropped out of college so he could work full time for the American Civil Liberties Union.

He quit a $93,000-a-year job He was a March for Our Lives organizer and could now devote more of his time to running for office in a primary against nine Democrats, including two former members. Frost According to him, he felt motivated to run after meeting and learning more about the struggles of his biological mom with crack cocaine addiction when he was pregnant.

Even as his campaign brought in more than $1.5 million — and was the beneficiary of $1 million in political action committee spending from the now-embattled cryptocurrency investor Sam Bankman-Fried — Frost Uber driver to make ends meet at home

Frost arrives for a photo-op with other incoming members of Congress outside the Capitol on Nov. 15.
Frost He arrives to take a photo with the other new members of Congress at the Capitol on Nov. 15.

Frost He is still in debt. The congressman-elect from Florida’s 10th Congressional District said he can’t afford the upfront costs of renting a Washington apartment until he gets his first paycheck from the House of Representatives. “I’ve just kind of been sleeping with friends, couch-surfing,” Frost During orientation, he told The Sunday Review. He was required to be in Washington for approximately two weeks. On Thursday, he tweeted that he was denied for an apartment due to his poor credit score and was not able to pay the application fee.

“This ain’t meant for people who don’t already have money,” He wrote. He wrote. “MAGA folks” He argued against the election of people with poor credit. Frost clapped back With a subtle reference to Donald Trump “My brother in Christ, you literally voted for a President who had multiple companies go bankrupt.”

The shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, which happened 10 years ago this month, was the “call to action that my changed my life,” Frost The Sunday Review. He traveled to Washington for a vigil, where he met Victoria Soto’s brother, who was also a teacher who had been killed in the attack. “Seeing a 16-year-old, really with the demeanor of a 60-year-old, crying over his sister who was murdered changed my life forever,” Frost said. He was involved in gun violence at a Halloween party in Orlando, where shooting broke out in 2016.

“We all started running,” Frost told Insider In May. “I remember I had to pick up my friend who froze on the ground.”

A Few years and dozens of vigils later Frost confronted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — a Republican widely expected to run for president in the next election cycle — at an appearance in Orlando, asking him about the number of people dying from gun violence. “Nobody wants to hear from you,” DeSantis told FrostThe encounter was filmed by, who later used the footage in a commercial for his congressional campaign.

“I call our generation the ‘Mass Shooting Generation’ because we’ve been through more shooter drills than fire drills,” Frost said. “And if you think about the timeline of Gen Z, it’s Sandy Hook, it’s Parkland, it’s Pulse, it’s Breonna Taylor to Trayvon Martin” he added — references to a number of high-profile instances of gun violence.

“These are all really defining moments for our generation. All of our community, we just want everybody to be safe, and we’re a little confused on why it hasn’t been fixed yet.”

Frost He supports the Green New Deal (so-called Medicare for All) and expanding the Supreme Court. He is also entering the House as a leader in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. But he isn’t a member of the “squad” — a group of six representatives of color who are among the most progressive in the chamber, including the best-known millennial representative, 33-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Frost’s first legislative effort after his election was calling for a vote on an assault weapons ban, even though it’s certain to fail in a GOP-led House.

Frost speaks during a rally outside the Capitol, calling on the Senate to vote on an assault weapons ban. The Florida Democrat has described the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as his "call to action" in politics.
Frost Speaks at a rally outside of the Capitol calling for the Senate to pass an assault weapons ban. Florida Democrat, Donald Trump, described Sandy Hook Elementary School’s 2012 shooting as “his.” “call to action” In politics.

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Gen Z With the support of many progressive organizations, including those focused on young voters and engaging Democrats from swing states, it was possible to elect its first member. “He represents the future coalition that we’re trying to build,” Maya Handa, PAC director at Way to Lead, was one of those who endorsed the group. Frost. “We really feel like we can’t write off especially Latino voters and young voters in the states that we’re investing in in the Sun Belt.”

Expectations are high and it is understandable. Not long after Cawthorn was ousted in a bitter primary following his disastrous first term — during which he stopped staffing his district offices and responding to constituents — Frost’s general-election opponent, Calvin Wimbish, essentially argued that Frost Was too young and inexperienced to be hired for the job. “What has he been able to do?” Wimbish, 72-year-old ex Green Beret, said in the lead-up to the election. “Has he had the exposure to learning from others?” Frost He was defeated in a district that is solidly blue.

“I don’t think time on this earth is a good measure of the value or experience that a representative will bring to the legislative body. Maxwell has had unique experiences that no other member of Congress can speak to,” Jack Lobel is a spokesperson for Voters of Tomorrow, which engages in political activities Gen Z It was the first national organization that supported this initiative. Frost. “We’ve grown up with the same experiences as Maxwell, whether that’s fearing that we will get shot in schools or fearing that we won’t have a planet to live on in a few decades.”

Frost He has been encouraged by members such as outgoing Rep. Mondaire (D-N.Y.), who was one of the first to reach out during his campaign, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi told him that he had received support from them. Frost That “it’s going to be very refreshing to have a such a young person in Congress,” He stated. “She really encouraged me to stay true to who I am,” He concluded. Frost Plans to hire “eclectic mix” of staffers, including some like him who don’t have college degrees, but he nonetheless tapped a Hill veteran, Yuri Beckelman, to lead his office.

While Frost According to The Sunday Review, he was “homesick” After a week filled with a few, you’re tired. “boring” orientation classes, he still radiates a serene optimism about everything that’s ahead, not just legislating. Music is his passion. He will fly a hip hop duo to Washington next month for his swearing in ceremony. He said he’d love to get a youth-orientated music series going on the Hill.

“People want to hear from their leaders about the world we all want to live in,” Frost said. “That’s what excites people and gives them hope for this country. We’re in a world where just like an hour ago on Twitter I saw a video of some dude doing Nazi salutes in an airport. This is the world we live in right now and there’s a lot of trauma right now, especially with our young people.

“We can’t just be neutral,” He stated.

“We have to be anti-trauma, right?”