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Represented: History Made with Many Firsts in Midterm Elections

Tuesday’s midterm elections made history with diverse wins across the board! Here are some of the groundbreaking wins.


Women of color and diversity are finally being represented in the House

Sharice Davids of Kansas became the first Native American and openly gay woman elected to the House, leaving behind Rep. Kevin Yoder in the district that includes part of Kansas City. Debra Haaland, another Native American, also won in New Mexico.

Ayanna Pressley became the first black women to represent Massachusetts in Congress.

Rashid Tlaib, former representative for Michigan and Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s first Somali-American legislator, both became the first Muslim women elected to the House.


Polis becomes first openly gay male governor

In Colorado, Jared Polis became the first openly gay male governor, also making history as the first state’s first Jewish governor.


First females across the board

Women made history, with this election giving space to the most amount of females ever in the House, taking 31 seats.

Lou Leon Guerrero became the first woman governor of Guam with 50.7% of the vote.

Janet Mills replaced the controversial Republican Gov. Paul LePage, becoming Maine’s first female governor.

29-year-old Abby Finkenauer was elected as Iowa’s first congresswoman.

Republican Marsha Blackburn, who garnered attention after pop star Taylor Swift urged fans to vote against her and rather support Democrat Phil Bredesen, earned the Senate position with nearly 55% of the vote, according to CBS news.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia become the first Latina women elected to Congress from Texas.


28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest congresswomen in history

After the sensational win in the primaries, Ocasio-Cortez wins the House seat for New York, beating the 10-term incumbent, Rep. Joe Crowley.


How the midterms made history: Numerous firsts emerge from Election Night results

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First Native American, Muslim women elected to Congress amid minority wins

Election 2018: Night of firsts with historic wins for Muslims, Native Americans, women and LGBT candidates


Carlee Nilphai

Millersville '19

Carlee is a Millersville University graduate with a BA in Print Journalism and a double minor in Music and Theatre. Her favorite topics to write about involve career, environmental issues, pop culture, budgeting hacks, and Taylor Swift. Carlee lives in Lancaster, PA and has a corgi named Alan.
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