A number of candidates left their mark on the world with their November 6, 2018 race that triumphed. Here is a list of noteworthy "firsts" for minorities, women, and members of the LGBTQ communities:
First off, Oregon re-elected Governor Kate Brown, who has served as the first member of the LGBTQ community to hold this office. Jared Polis of Colorado will join her rank as the first openly gay man to win a governor's race. According to CNN:
"Polis will succeed Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited from seeking the office again, and will defeat Republican gubernatorial nominee Walker Stapleton. Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who identifies as bisexual, is already the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey came out as gay before he stepped down from office in the early 2000s. Polis was one of several LGBT candidates who ran for governor this cycle, along with Brown in Oregon, Vermont Democrat Christine Hallquist, and Texas Democrat Lupe Valdez."
In Texas, voters elected the state's first two Hispanic women to Congress as Veronica Escobar won the seat to replace Rep. Beto O'Rourke in the congressional district near El Paso. O'Rourke gave up his seat in order to unsuccessfully run for Senate. State Sen. Sylvia Garcia won a Houston-area district that was relinquished by the retiring Democratic Rep. Gene Green.
Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress, as projected. Davids' win in Kansas against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder was a pickup for Democrats.
Haaland will replace New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor.
Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, according to their respective campaigns. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well. She will enter Congress having previously worked as a lawyer and a former mixed martial arts fighter.
Speaking of New Mexico, New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham also became the first Democratic Latina governor in the country. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, was the first Latina governor. According to USA Today.
Also noted from USA Today:
"Minnesota voters elected Omar, and Michigan voters elected Tlaib. Omar also became Minnesota's first Somali-American legislator and the first woman of color elected to Congress from the state.
Ayanna Pressley: Massachusetts' first black congresswoman - Previously, Pressley became first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. She ran unopposed in Tuesday's election."
And making a historic win, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Youngest woman elected to Congress - The New York activist and Democrat, 29, cruised to victory after upsetting established Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary race.