The US midterms saw many happenings on the American political scene that it’s easy to omit the significance of the results. President Trump’s decision to fire his Attorney General Jeff Session and his harsh behaviour during the press conference dominated the news channels all over the US before anyone had time to properly focus on analysing the results.
America’s Big Changes
Americans did something totally unprecedented and amazing. We need to take a moment to fully embrace those results. In the second year of Trump’s administration US voters favoured a huge number of candidates who will now become the first representatives of their ethnicity, age, race and gender to ever serve on their elected positions. 2018 brought America the most diverse in history, as in the teeth of President Trump’s anti-immigrant, far-right conservative policy. Here’s a list of historical breakthroughs from nearly half of the United States:
Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ( New York’s 14th District) and Iowa’s Abby Finkenauer (1st District) both became the youngest women ever elected to Congress. Although technically Ocasio-Cortez is a few weeks younger than Finkenauer, therefore the title should fully belong to her.
Sylvia Garcia (29th District) and Veronica Escobar (16th) from Texas will be the first Latinas to represent US’ second largest state in Congress.
Massachusetts Ayanna Pressley (7th District) became the first black woman representing her state in Congress.
Jahana Hayes’ success in Connecticut will be the first black woman from this state to ever serve in Congress.
Joe Neguse from the Democratic party became the first black person to represent Colorado in Congress.
Chris Pappas from New Hampshire became the first open representative of his state in Congress.
Rashida Tlaib (Michigan’s 13th) and Ilhan Omar (Minnesota’s 5th) are the first Muslim women to ever be elected to Congress.
Sharice Davids (Kansas, 3rd District) and Deb Haaland (New Mexico, 1st District) will be the first Native American women to serve in Congress.
Democrat Cindy Axne (along with above mentioned Abby Finkenauer) became the first Iowa women to represent her state in the U.S. House.
Marsha Blackburn from the Republican party will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate.
Lou Leon Guerrero from Guam became the U.S. territory’s first female Governor.
New Mexico’s Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected the first Democratic Latina governor in the country.
Janet Mills became the first woman to be elected Governor in Maine, which happens to be the only state to never have elected a woman to statewide executive office.
Kristi Noem will become the first female Governor of South Dakota.
Kim Reynolds (Iowa) is also the first woman to be elected as Governor in her state.
Peggy Flanagan is the first black woman to be elected statewide in Minnesota, as well as the second Native American woman elected to statewide executive office in the United States.
Keith Ellison’s success in his run for attorney general in Minnesota made him the first Muslim to be elected to statewide office in this state.
The final prize goes to Letitia “Tish” James from New York who became the state’s first black woman to be elected attorney general, the first woman to be elected attorney general and elected to statewide office.
And on top of it, all 19 black women who run for judge in Texas got elected!
Great job, America! Keep it up!