A new generation moved one step closer to Washington on Tuesday when two millennials won their congressional primaries.
Republicans in Florida's 1st Congressional District, comprising the state's Panhandle, voted for Matt Gaetz, and Brian Mast won in the 18th district, encompassing Port St. Lucie and the surrounding areas. Both men were born in 1982.
Brian Mast is a former U.S. army bomb technician and Afghan war veteran who lost both his legs during the conflict. After the injury, Mast continued to work in counter-terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist under the Department of Homeland Security. He's also a husband and father of three young children.
The army veteran won his primary with 38 percent, a double-digit lead from his nearest competitor.
Matt Gaetz has politics in his blood -- he's the son of Florida State Senate President Dan Gaetz. Still, Matt has carved a name out for himself. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives back in 2010 and became well known for his defense of the Second Amendment and the controversial "Stand Your Ground Law."
He won the primary with nearly 36 percent of the vote against five other serious contenders.