Gen-Z Congressman-elect Says He Can’t Find Apartment on $174,000 Salary

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Ahead of being sworn in to Congress on Tuesday, Rep.-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that he will probably have to “couch surf for a little bit” as he starts his term.

Should 26-year-olds be able to live on $174,000 per year?

The Florida Democrat, who will be 26-years-old later this month and is the youngest member of Congress, explained it is not cheap to live in Washington, D.C.

“I’m dealing with it right now, trying to get an apartment, trying to figure out where to live because I have bad credit. I’m probably just going to have to couch surf for a little bit,” he told ABC News.

Members of Congress make roughly $174,000 annually.

“Maybe Mr. Frost should consider cutting back on Whole Foods, soy lattes and avocado toast brunches,” said national radio host Todd Starnes. “Florida’s Tenth Congressional District just elected a man who has bad credit and can’t balance a checkbook. I’m sure he’ll fit in just fine on Capitol Hill.”

Frost first revealed his inability to secure a rental apartment last month, tweeting that “just applied to an apartment in DC where I told the guy that my credit was really bad. He said I’d be fine. Got denied, lost the apartment, and the application fee.”

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The first Gen Z congressman explained that his credit it so low, because the money he earned as an Uber driver was not enough to both pay for the cost of living and run for Congress for a year and a half, The Hill reported.


Frost surprisingly won the Democrat primary for his district by defeating a crowded field that included a sitting state senator and two former members of Congress, Florida Politics reported.

Frost has stated that “working-class” people such as himself are at a great disadvantage in the opportunities for serving in federal office.

“The system as far as entering office, particularly serving in Washington, D.C., is not really created for working-class people, for poor people or for people who had troubles in their past,” he told Florida Politics.

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