Here are the historic wins and exciting firsts of the midterm elections

First Muslim women, first Native-American women, first Somali-American, and more.

Here are the historic wins and exciting firsts of the midterm elections
Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks to reporters after voting at the Adams Street Library on Election Day in Boston to vote on November 6, 2018. [Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images]

The roller-coaster ride of the 2018 midterm elections is still under way, but the night produced some impressive results. Thanks to a record number of women running for office, the U.S. hit a few important milestones as we all continue to strive to create a government that truly represents “We the people.”


Here are a few of the historic accomplishments:

  • Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman from Massachusetts.
  • Colorado’s Jared Polis became the nation’s first openly gay governor (although Oregon Democratic Governor Kate Brown, who identifies as bisexual, is already the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor).
  • New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
  • Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar became the first-ever Latinas elected to represent Texas in the U.S. House.
  • Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American congresswoman in U.S. history.
  • Rashida Tlaib from Michigan became the first Muslim congresswoman.
  • New Mexico’s Deb Haaland of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe is the first Native American woman to represent her state as a U.S. representative.
  • Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is the first openly gay and first Native American woman to represent Kansas in Congress.
  • Despite Taylor Swift’s efforts, Marsha Blackburn became Tennessee’s first female senator.
  • Republican Kristi Noem is South Dakota’s first female governor.
  • Letitia James is the first woman elected to be the New York Attorney General and the first black woman to be elected to any statewide office in New York.
  • New Mexico made Michelle Lujan Grisham the first Democratic Latina elected governor in the U.S.
  • Republican Janice McGeachin became Idaho’s first female lieutenant governor.
  • Votes are still being counted, but either Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema or GOP Representative Martha McSally will be Arizona’s first female senator.

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Melissa Locker is a writer and world renowned fish telepathist.