Women, and Especially Women of Color, Made History Last Night

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Both Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar won in their Democrat-safe seats becoming the first Muslim congresswomen.

Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman to represent MA in Congress and will occupy the seat held by such lions as JFK and Tip O'Neill.

This year's United States midterm elections have already made history, with a record number of women, Native Americans, and Muslim candidates running for office.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress. Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator.


Tuesday night's elections saw an influx of diversity "firsts" in the House of Representatives, ushered in by the record-breaking candidacies of women - specifically women of color - on the Democratic ticket.

At 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, winning New York's 14th District seat.

IL state Rep. Juliana Stratton is the first black woman elected as IL lieutenant governor.

And some history hangs in the balance - in the contentious Georgia governor's race, Stacey Abrams stands to be the first black female governor, and she's waiting until all votes are counted before conceding to her opponent who held a tiny margin ahead of her at press time. 65 of those are incumbent reps, with 31 newly elected women.

Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are the first Latinas to represent the state of Texas in the House of Representatives, after the state has sent more than 300 people to lower body of Congress since it joined the union in 1845.


Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico will be the first Native American women who are members of the US House of Representatives.

On Tuesday night Stevens, a 35-year old who served on Obama's Auto Task Force, won her race to represent Michigan's 11th district. Until now, the record high for women in the House was a total of 85. "Have the awkward conversations, take the emotional labor off the backs of women who have more on their g***amn plate than we ever will. Do".

Women made history in the 2018 midterm elections. Their lesson from the last election was that "if Donald Trump is president, anybody can be president so I should run too, for at least Congress or state legislature".

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life.

In Colorado, Jared Polis will be the country's first openly gay man elected governor.


"Powered by a massive turnout of women and fuelled by our incredible candidates, House Democrats gained several seats in the heartland", Democratic representative Cheri Bustos of IL said in a statement Tuesday night after House control was called for Democrats. One year ago, she was working in a restaurant, she ran a grassroots campaign with a progressive agenda including universal medicare, gun control and access to affordable housing.

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