History Made in the Midterms

by Valeria Leon

From women joining congress, LGBTQ members becoming elected for governor, and people of color taking their place in the senate, the 2018 Midterm Elections were full of historic firsts, and here's a list of the historic firsts that took place on election night.

 

Alexandria-Ocasio becomes the youngest women ever elected to congress

Ocasio became the youngest female ever elected to congress at the age of 29 when she took over New York's congressional 14th district in the Bronx. She has become the first opponent in the Democratic party to challenge Crowley's seat in 14 years.

 

Jared Polis becomes first openly gay man elected for US governor

Jared Polis was an entrepreneur before being elected to congress. He and his partner have two children, also making him the first openly gay parent in congress.    

 

Angie Craig becomes first openly lesbian mother in congress

Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig unseated her opponent Republican Jason Lewis who once compared “gay people to racists”. Craig is also the first openly LGBTQ member of congress in Minnesota.  

 

Kyrsten Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual person elected to the senate and becomes the first woman in the senate in Arizona  

Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally, flipping a seat that has long been held by Republicans. Sinema was a social worker before and Green Party spokesperson before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2013.

 

Marsha Blackburn becomes the first woman elected to the Senate from Tennessee

Republican Marsha Blackburn beat out Republican Phil Brenson, who got a last minute endorsement from singer Taylor Swift, making her the first women to be elected to the Senate in her state.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar become America’s first Muslim women in Congress           

Tlaib previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives, and ran unopposed. Omar was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives US, and immigrated to the US as a young girl after escaping the Somali Civil War with her family at 8 years old, and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Jahana Hayes becomes Connecticut's first black congresswoman

Haynes, a former teacher and mother at 17, became Connecticut's first black congresswoman when she beat out her opponent Manny Santos by a narrow 11 points.

 

Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids become America’s first Native American women in Congress

Davids, a former lawyer who is now also Kansas’s first openly gay member of Congress, defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in a state that was heavily won by Trump in 2016. Haaland, who has a long history in New Mexico politics, beat her opponent Janice Arnold Jones.

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