First Generation Zer Elected to Congress Details Struggles Finding D.C. Apartment


As fellow Gen Zer Olivia Rodrigo said, “God, it’s brutal in here” — including for the newest and youngest elected congressman in Washington, DC.

Maxwell Frost, 25, the first Gen Z member elected to Congress, tweeted his frustrations on Thursday after saying he was denied an apartment as he moved to the capital, due to poor credit.

“I told the guy my credit was really bad. He said I would be fine. I got turned down, lost the apartment and the application fee,” Frost wrote in a tweet.

“It’s not for people who don’t already have money,” he added.

The average rent for an apartment in Washington is. $2,335, according to an analysis.

Frost, a progressive Democrat elected to represent Florida’s 10th District, continued his social media post by writing that his bad credit stemmed from his campaign for Congress.

“For those asking, I have bad credit because I ran into a lot of debt running for Congress for a year and a half. I didn’t make enough money with Uber to pay for my life,” he wrote.

Representative-elect Maxwell Frost talks to reporters during a break during an orientation meeting at the United States Capitol, November 14, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Frost isn’t the only lawmaker on the Hill to have struggled with their housing. (Separately, some have even decided to sleep in their offices.)

On Twitter, Frost referenced Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who in 2018 became the youngest woman elected to the House — and who also struggled as a new lawmaker to find affordable housing in Washington with his current salary.

Frost noted, however, that once his congressional salary kicks in, he’ll be fine.

PHOTO: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks outside the US Capitol on July 28, 2022.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks outside the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2022.

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“I also recognize that I speak from a point of privilege because in 2 years my credit will be correct thanks to my new salary starting next year,” he tweeted.

The salary of a member of Congress is $174,000. But Frost wrote that “we must do better for the whole country.”

Frost told ABC News earlier this year that he ran for Congress to bring “issues affecting young people” to the table and said a perspective was needed in the legislature.

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