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Maxwell Frost, set to become in January the first member of Generation Z to serve in Congress, says he has been denied an apartment in Washington, D.C., over bad credit.

Frost said in a Twitter thread Thursday that he has bad credit due to debt he accumulated while running — and winning — his House race in Florida’s 10th Congressional District.

The 25-year-old raised more than $1.2 million during his campaign and beat Republican Calvin Wimbish by some 30,000 votes.

About 42% of Americans say they have been denied a financial tool like a credit card or loan in the past year due to bad credit, according to a LendingTree survey. Overall average credit scores in the U.S. have either increased or stayed the same every year since 2017, according to Experian.

Some ways to improve your credit score may include making on-time credit-card payments and reducing your debt obligations.

Frost ran on a “social, racial & economic justice” platform and received high-profile endorsements from progressive Senate independent Bernie Sanders and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

See: More than half of renters say they’ll never be able to own a home

Frost’s campaign manager reportedly told Axios that Frost had informed a leasing agent for the apartment building in which he sought to live that he had been elected to serve in the incoming Congress, but he was denied anyway.

On several occasions, Frost said he drove for Uber
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during his campaign to pay his bills.

According to the U.S. House of Representatives Press Gallery, House members’ current annual salary is $174,000.

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