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Women make the 2018 midterm momentous

Winning a record amount of seats and making history, women were the stars of the midterm election

Sarah Solis, Reporter

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The 2018 midterm election results was a historic milestone for women. With a glass shattering number of women running for political office at the federal level resulting in a record amount of them winning seats in the House of Representatives, new firsts were sure to be made. The first Muslim women, the first Native American women and the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress are just a few of the notable winners of our midterm election.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez snagged New York’s 14th Congressional District at the age of twenty-nine, becoming the youngest woman to ever take a seat in Congress. Being a member of the Democratic Socialist of America, she ran as a Democrat, beating out the incumbent Joe Crowley in the primary to effectively ensure her seat in the heavily leaning Democratic district.

Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Debra Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, are now the first ever Native American women elected to Congress. Davids is also the first openly LGBT Congressional member from the state Kansas.

The first black woman elected to Congress from the state of Massachusetts is Ayanna Pressley. She surprised many with her win against Michael Capuano during the Democratic primary and ran unopposed during the midterm election. She is also known as being the first black Councilwoman of Boston City.

Rashida Tlaib, born to Palestinian parents, and Ilhan Omar, a Somalian refugee, are the first Muslim American women to be elected into Congress. Tlaib will take a seat for Michigan while Omar will take a seat for Minnesota.

The first Latina women to be elected to Congress from the state of Texas are Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia. It took surprisingly long for Texas to achieve this milestone given that 38.2 percent of Texans are Hispanic or Latino based on the 2010 Census Bureau. Escobar will take the position previously held by Beto O’Rourke while Garcia will be representing northern Houston in the 29th Congressional District of Texas.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, who ran in New Mexico, became the first ever Democratic Latina elected to the position of Governor. Grisham replaces Susana Martinez who is the first Latina Republican governor. Changing the once Red State to Blue, Grisham’s success is credited to her promises to improve the poverty rate and education system.

Kristi Noem has become South Dakota’s first woman governor. Marsha Blackburn became Tennessee’s first female senator, winning against former Governor Phil Bredesen. Janet Mills will be known as the first woman elected governor of the state of Maine.

Young Kim (who is projected to win) will be the first Korean American woman elected to Congress. Stacey Abrams, who has called for a recount, might become the first black female governor ever in the United States as well as the first woman governor of Georgia.

In Alabama, in a race that has yet to be called, Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema have been battling for a Senate seat in Arizona. Being both women, Arizona is guaranteed to have their first elected woman senator.  With so many firsts for women, the 2018 midterm election will be recorded as one of the greatest achievements for the country in its move towards greater equality.

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