What is Maxwell Frost’s ethnicity? His multiethnic upbringing

Maxwell Frost

“My name is Maxwell Alejandro Frost and I will be the first Generation-Z member of Congress. Don’t count out young people,” Maxwell tweeted after winning the Democratic nomination for a congress seat vacated by Val Demings. Maxwell tweeted with such confidence because nomination in the deep blue district all but guaranteed victory. The 25-year-old Maxwell posted after his historic win:

“WE WON!!!! History was made tonight. We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to represent my home in the United States Congress.”

Frost’s mother put him up for adoption as she couldn’t raise seven children

Maxwell Alejandro Frost was born on 17th January 1995 to a Haitian man and a Puerto Rican woman of Lebanese descent. Frost writes on his website that his mother ‘was caught up in a cycle of drugs, crime, and violence while pregnant.’

Frost’s mother put him up for adoption shortly after his birth as she didn’t have the resources to raise seven children. 

The Congressman-elect told Yahoo News that his biological mother convinced him to vie for Congress. He said:

“What changed everything for me was actually having a conversation with my biological mother. Learning about her life, learning about the struggle she went through. Learning about the fact that she had me at one of the most vulnerable points in her life. I hung up the phone and said ‘I need to run for Congress.’ For people like my mother.”

Maxwell Frost painted his Black and Latino ethnicity as advantageous. He told The New York Times: “The perspective I bring as a young person, as a young Black person, as a young Black Latino person from the South, is important.”

Maxwell’s adoptive parents set him up for future success

Maxwell Frost was raised by a white man and a Cuban American woman. Frost, an avid drummer, told The Hill that his introduction to the instrument by his father was pivotal as learning to play instilled him with drive and determination. He explained:

“My dad is a full time musician. My life changed forever when he gave me a drum set in the second grade. When I was younger, like any other kid, I just didn’t really understand where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do, but music and art really changed that for me, my dad was an influence in helping me hone my energy.”

Another significant influence in Maxwell’s life was his grandmother Yeya. Frost writes on his site that she arrived in Florida in the 1960s with a suitcase and no money. She was forced to work long hours and endure harsh working conditions in Miami factories to provide for her family, Frost writes. 

Unfortunately, Yeya passed away months before Maxwell’s victory in the polls. Maxwell posted an emotional tribute to her on Instagram, praising the sacrifices she made for her family. Frost said he would treasure the times she shared with Yeya. On 17th October 2022, he wrote:

“For the first two years of my life, she moved to Orlando from Hialeah to help raise me. She’d sing, read bible verses, watch the three stooges with me, sneak me coca-cola, pray, give life advice, and give me an unconditional love that has in part fueled my life and love for others.. I will keep you with me forever, mi Yeyita.”