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November 15, 2022

Maxwell Frost Becomes First Gen Z Member of Congress

Ask Students: Who is Maxwell Frost, and what is his background? How old is the average House member, and how old is Frost?


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In Florida’s 10th Congressional District, Maxwell Alejandro Frost became the first member of Gen Z ever elected to Congress on Tuesday. Frost, a 25-year-old Democrat, joins Geoff Bennett to discuss his historic win and what’s next. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is Max Frost, and what is his background?
  • What office was Frost elected to hold in the 2022 midterm elections?
  • How old is the average House member, and how old is Frost?
  • Why did Frost decide to run for Congress?
  • What proportion of the country is made up of Generation Z?

Focus Questions

Based on this story, what are some barriers to young people running for office? How could those barriers be reduced or eliminated?

Media Literacy: Why do you think it’s important to highlight this one Congressional win out of hundreds?

Extension Activity

Did you know youth turnout for the 2022 midterm elections was some of the highest youth turnout for midterms in recent history? Examine the data in this link from CIRCLE and discuss why you think youth turnout was high this cycle, and what impact that might have had on results.

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