Maxwell Alejandro Frost was sworn into office earlier this year making him the first Gen-Z U.S. congressman.
Frost’s road into public service began with activism, after the Sandy Hook school mass shooting in 2012, where 26 people, including 20 children, were murdered.
“I ended up going to the memorial that was going on,” Frost told Latino USA. “What changed everything for me was seeing the students and the teenagers and the kids that had lost loved ones or survived the shooting and hearing their stories, it was a lot for me at 15.”
Gun violence became an important issue for him and he started organizing around it for several years before he decided to run for public office.
“I’m honored to be the only person from my generation in Congress,” he said. “I bring those experiences with me every time I go to a table and every time I’m speaking, but I try not to take myself too seriously in that regard because, I mean, a generation has so many different ideologies. I’m not trying to speak for everybody at all.”
In this episode, Latino USA producer Reynaldo Leaños Jr. travels to Orlando to speak with Congressman Frost about growing up in Florida, how he uses music to connect and bring his community together, and more. We also stopped by one of his community events to hear from Frost’s constituents.
Featured image AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana.
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