Young, Scrappy and Hungry: Gen Z in the Midterm Elections
Maxwell Alejandro Frost, a 25-year-old activist and Democrat, recently became the newly elected representative for Florida’s 10th Congressional District defeating 72-year-old Republican Calvin Wimbish by 19 percentage points. Frost’s victory makes him the first member of Gen Z to join Congress. In a speech following the midterm election, Frost emphasized, “Gen Z and millennials make up a third of our country, but we are nowhere near a third of government, and I think we need a government that looks like the people.” A recent study by the Pew Research Center showed that Gen Z is the “most diverse” and “best-educated” generation in American history. Compared to previous generations, more belong to racial and ethnic minorities, have grown up using electronics, and have decided to pursue higher education. During the midterm elections, several Gen Z candidates took up campaigns against much older and more experienced competitors. One political pundit commented that regardless of which side of the political spectrum they call home, these Gen Z candidates are entering Congress with an attitude of, “I’m going to bring about that change by being someone who looks for opportunities to work across the aisle, and more, I’m going to disrupt the institutions and systems that are allowing the other side to continue to prevail.” Among several Gen Z candidates, only Frost made it to Congress, but the younger candidates made it clear that younger voices are on the horizon, and they plan on bringing significant change to our legislature.