History Makers 2022: Lawmakers

November 9, 2022
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History Makers 2022

This midterm season, several people elected to the 118th United States Congress are making history.
Although there are several history makers this November, we wanted to highlight three here:
"Speak up for the truth and stand up for those that can't stand up for themselves."

Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), the first Mexican-American woman from Florida to be elected to Congress. A veteran, Luna met her husband while serving in the Air Force. (Approx. 85 veterans will serve in Congress, though some races have yet to be called.) In the Air Force, Luna's husband suffered a combat injury in Afghanistan, earning a Purple Heart. After his recovery, the two became involved with veteran-led/focused nonprofits. Luna was about to begin medical school when she decided to shift her path to politics.

"The goal is to build a world where everyone can tap into opportunity."

Maxwell Frost (D-FL), the first member of Generation Z to be elected to Congress (Gen Z: Americans born from 1997 to 2012). 25-year-old Frost, who was adopted as a child, was in high school when he started a salsa band that played in the parade for Pres. Obama's 2nd inauguration. His campaign focused on issues incl. gun violence & climate change; he said his first priority in office will be to help those still struggling from Hurricane Ian. Did you know? More than 200 years ago, a 22-year-old Tennessean became the youngest person ever elected to Congress!

"When we are going to make history, there are always going to be barriers that come up against us. I am so proud of the work that everyone in this movement has done."

Summer Lee (D-PA), who became the 1st Black woman from her state elected to Congress. Lee, an attorney & labor organizer who focused on social justice advocacy and civil rights at Penn State & Howard Univ. School of Law, made history in 2018 when she became the 1st Black woman in her region to serve in the State House. On her recent win, Lee said: "This is victory, not just for me but for each and every one of us.”

Representatives-elect Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Maxwell Frost (D-FL), and Summer Lee (D-PA) are just a few of the people who are making history this midterm season. Check out our source page to learn more about these history-making representatives.

Meet the history-makers of the 2022 midterm elections (CNN)

A diverse field of candidates makes history in the midterms. (The New York Times)

Ten candidates who made history Tuesday night (The Hill)

More on Rep.-Elect Maxwell Frost: Meet Maxwell.

25-Year-Old Florida Democrat Secures Generation Z's First House Seat (The New York Times)

'The Future We Deserve': This Florida Gen Z Candidate Thinks He Can Chart a New Path For the Youth (Politico)

The Youngest Representative in House History, William Charles Cole Claiborne (History, Art & Archives, United States House of Representatives)

Generation Z (Gen Z): Definition, Birth years, and Demographics (Investopedia)

Maxwell Frost elected as the first Gen Z member of Congress (NPR)

More about Rep.-Elect Anna Paulina Luna: Meet Anna

Anna's Quote

Here's How Veterans Running for Congress Did in the Midterms (Military.com)

Summer Lee wins 12th Congressional District, will become Pa.'s first Black congresswoman (WHYY; PBS, NPR)

More on Rep.-Elect Summer Lee: About Summer Lee

Summer Lee defeats Republican Mike Doyle in race to replace Democrat Mike Doyle (Yahoo! News)

by Jenna Lee,