Youngest Woman in Congress
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rose to fame in her surprise victory in the primaries, defeating incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) for New York’s 14th Congressional District. At 28 years old, Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic Socialist ideals of Medicare for all and free public college tuition have captured the attention of a younger liberal crowd.
First Native American Women in Congress
Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland picked up Congressional seats for Democrats in Kansas and New Mexico Tuesday night, making them the first Native American women elected to Congress in history. Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress.
First Muslim Women in Congress
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America’s first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives. Omar and Tlaib have worked with each other throughout their campaigns. They also picked up two more firsts for Congress: Tlaib is the first-ever Palestinian-American and Omar the first Somalian-American to serve in that office.
Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory!
I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah. 🙏🏾
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2018
First Openly Gay Governor
Jared Polis easily won his bid for Colorado’s gubernatorial seat Tuesday night and in doing so became the first openly gay man ever elected as governor. Polis was also the first openly gay man elected to Congress in 2008. The first ever openly LGBT governor, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a bisexual woman, won her re-election bid Tuesday as well.
Texas — First Latina Congresswomen
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state. According to CBS Dallas, the Hispanic population in the Southern state is expected to surpass the white population as soon as 2022.
New Hampshire — First Openly Gay Congressman
Chris Pappas just became the first openly gay person to represent the people of New Hampshire. Pappas and Davids are part of this year’s Rainbow wave that saw a record amount of LGBT candidates (244, according to the New York Times) run for office.
— Chris Pappas (@ChrisPappasNH) November 7, 2018
Massachusetts — First Black Congresswoman
Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives for Massachusetts — a state with that has a black population of only eight percent. On Wednesday, Pressley tweeted why the victory was so important to her:
“When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don’t just talk about a glass ceiling – what they describe is a concrete one. WE broke that concrete wide open.”
Bonus: Guam — First Female Governor
In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam’s governor, becoming the first woman to do so. Democrats celebrated the victory as Guerrero’s win also meant a blue flip for the U.S. island territory.
BREAKING: Guam voters have flipped the governorship blue — and made history!
Congratulations to Guam’s first woman governor, Lou Leon Guerrero! pic.twitter.com/9DoYg1v9JP
— Democratic Governors (@DemGovs) November 6, 2018
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