Maxwell Frost, or when Generation Z enters the US Congress
At 25, Maxwell Alejandro Frost will enter the House on January 3 as the youngest elected representative. He will have to work within a Congress often perceived as a den of millionaire and, let's face it, rather elderly politicians, whose priorities differ from those of his generation.
Present on all the stands, the young 25-year-old politician intends to be heard when he enters Congress soon.
On the night of the midterm elections, Maxwell Frost eagerly awaited the results of the ballot. A Gen Z musician and Democratic activist from the Orlando, Florida area, he and his fellow campaigners enjoyed a cheerful atmosphere that reflected the mood of the evening. The polls were encouraging, but you never know…
When his victory was confirmed, a torrent of joy swept through the group, especially his family members present this evening- there.
When he was declared the winner, he first gave everyone in the family a hug, but then we took a step back and the press pretty much gobbled him up, says his father, Patrick Frost .
I leaned over to my sister-in-law and niece and said it wasn't ours anymore, Mr. x27;apologizing for suppressing a sob.
“He belongs to the world now, and we just have to get used to it. But the world has won a nice guy. »
— Patrick Frost, father of US Representative-elect Maxwell Frost
Patrick Frost, music producer, is proud of his son who excels as much in politics as in this artistic discipline, according to him.
In a few sentences, the father of the young politician displayed the side “tightly knit” of the Frost family.
By becoming the first Gen Z representative elected to the House, Maxwell Frost finds himself catapulted into a Congress whose average age is approximately 58.
The average will go down thanks to my elected cohort: I think it's about 40 years on average, he explains. It is a young group, full of energy.
His campaign, he led it on the themes that are dear to him: the involvement of young people in politics and , of course, gun violence prevention with better gun control. Weapons he unfortunately knows only too well.
I got involved in this fight 10 years ago because of the Sandy Hook shootings, he points out. Three years after I was involved in that fight, the guns hit my hometown in the Pulse nightclub shooting, the target of a shootout that left 49 people dead. And three months later, I myself became a survivor of a shooting in downtown Orlando.
Republicans are gearing up to regain control of the House of Representatives in January. We present to you tonight one of their future Democratic opponents. Maxwell Frost is 25 years old. He is the youngest elected to the next Chamber and the first from generation Z. A report by Frédéric Arnould.
Maxwell Frost is the pride of his family, as evidenced by the photos displayed on the mantel of the family home in Orlando. Born to a Haitian father and a mother from Puerto Rico, he was given up for adoption from birth to Patrick Frost and his wife, of Cuban origin.
The father, who shows us around his music production studio located next to the garage of the residence, is very proud to make us listen to the first album recorded by The Charter, the group in which Maxwell Frost played. It's one of my favorite things I've done as a producer, even more than some of the stuff I've done for Disney, he says.
The debut album by band The Charter, featuring Maxwell Frost playing drums.
Before being a politician, the young Maxwell was first and foremost a percussionist who studied music at the Osceola County School for the Arts in Orlando. It was there that he met one of his closest friends, Ivan Garcia, a professional musician, who was not surprised to see his great friend entering Congress.
He has always been an organizer and a unifier, from day one, he says. His young friend ran for the presidency of the student association when he was only 14 or 15 years old. A first race he won.
Ivan Garcia, a good friend of Maxwell Frost, always felt that his colleague would get into politics.
“We always knew he was going to get into politics. Even when he was running for president in school, we thought, “The next step is going to be the real presidency.” Who knows? »
— Ivan Garcia, great friend of Maxwell Frost
Maxwell Frost, already a possible future president of the United States? In any case, he already has a role model, according to his father. Barack Hussein Obama. I remember listening to President Obama's inauguration in 2009, Maxwell thought, “This man looks like me.” And you can also combine that with the way he talks.
The young man fascinates on the political scene and is already attracting the attention of Joe Biden, who sees him one day, perhaps, as his equal.
“I have no doubt that he is off to an incredible start in what I am sure will be a long and distinguished career when he is President.
—Joe Biden, President of the United States
With that pressure on our shoulders for the future, Maxwell Frost serves up a politician's answer: I don't think beyond the next two years. This campaign has been so difficult that I can't see any bigger for the moment, he tempers.
Maxwell Frost has campaigned with a vengeance on all fronts in the greater Orlando area.
After winning the Democratic nomination to run for a first term, the young man led a campaign that was sometimes financed by working as a driver for Uber. Eternal lover of music, he even took ten days off to take care of the organization of a festival at the same time.
Music, according to his father, permeates his work. I see it in the rhythm of his speech, in the dynamics. And I'm using musical terms here, because public speaking is like playing a solo on an instrument. You know, we use articulation, we use dynamics, we use everything to communicate a message and to do it in a way that engages your audience.
Very good orator, talkative, Maxwell Frost intends to stir the cage within the Capitol to get things done. For his father, however, there are still some slight concerns about his fight in an institution that is altogether quite conservative. The larger question is how receptive other politicians will be to his approach. Because Max is sure he has the strength to make it work in Congress, but…, says Patrick Frost.
It's obviously a factor into account, replies Maxwell Frost. But people in Congress should all be on equal footing and working together. For my part, I do not consider myself as anything other than an activist or an organizer who wants to make things happen.
The fact remains that for the past two weeks, Maxwell Frost has been doing interviews on all media at a hellish pace. Last week, he had his first week of orientation in Washington. The opportunity for him to get to know other young elected officials.
First and foremost, Maxwell Frost is an accomplished percussionist.
Before taking part in a college football game in a large stadium in Orlando, he once again recalls the importance of his family in his journey.
I wouldn't be here without my parents. I know it's really cliché to say, but my dad, when he first gave me a drum set in second grade, it changed my life forever, says Maxwell Frost. I remember crying to music for the first time and he said to me, “Don't worry about it.” He gave me permission to be vulnerable. My mother, a special education teacher for 30 years, this sweetness, you know, this love that she has is me. It's all in me. I love my parents.
Over the next few years, Congress will therefore have to come to terms with Maxwell Frost, with his style and his music, which he will never abandon.< /p>