The results of the midterm elections in the United States were tighter than expected and, despite the Republican advance, the Democrats in Congress are holding up the onslaught.
Although all victories are special, some make history, such as those of the following candidates:
Democrat Maxwell Frost of 25 years, won in Florida’s 10th congressional district.
Born in 1997, he is the first member of the ggeneration Z elected to serve in the US Congress
His victory was not unexpected, as his campaign focused on gun violence, climate change, abortion rights and expanded health care, which appealed to younger voters.
Democrat Maura Healey, 51, is the winner of the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, is the first lesbian to be elected governor.
Healey defeated Republican Geoff Diehl, a former state representative who had the backing of Donald Trump. His victory ends eight years of Republican leadership after Charlie Baker opted not to seek re-election.
She is one of the two openly lesbian candidates who have run for governor this year. Tina Kotek is running for Governor in Oregon.
Healey is the second woman to serve as governor of Massachusetts: Republican Jane Swift was elected in 2001.
During his campaign, Healey pledged to make child care more affordable, expand job training programs, and expressed his views on the US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, and your desire for access to safe and legal abortion in your state.
Republican candidate Katie Britt, 40, will be the Alabama’s first woman to serve in the United States Senate.
Britt will replace Senator Richard Shelby, who is retiring at the end of this term after 36 years in the Senate. velected Democrat Will Boyd to secure the position.
“I am touched, honored and grateful,” she told her followers.
58 women they have so far served as US senators since the first was elected in 1932, in a chamber that has 100 members.
Britt said she would be the only Republican woman with school-age children in the Senate, pledging to build a better future for young people and calling 2022 “the year of fathers.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 40, a name that will be familiar to many due to her time spent as press secretary to president trumpwon the race for governor of Arkansas, making her the first woman to hold that position in the state.
She faced Democratic challenger Chris Jones and was the favorite in the predominantly Republican state.
Sanders succeeds fellow Republican Asa Hutchinson, who will leave office in January due to term limits.
Although she is the first woman to become governor of Arkansas, Sanders is no stranger to the governor’s mansion, as her father, Mike Huckabee, served from 1996 to 2007.
Sanders broke the Arkansas gubernatorial fundraising record by raising more than $9 million and vowed to use the position to fight against President Joe Biden and the “radical left”.
Democrat Wes Moore, 44, also made history as the Maryland’s first black governor. He is only the third black governor elected in the nation’s 246-year history, joining Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Douglas Wilder of Virginia.
Moore is a bestselling author and former head of the anti-poverty organization Robin Hood.
On Tuesday night he told his followers: “It’s not lost on me that I’ve made some history here tonight. But I also know I’m not the first to try.”
“I’m honored to be a part of this legacy. That’s not why we entered this race. The story that matters most to us is the story that we and the people of this state are going to make in the next four years.”
Republican Markwayne Mullin, 35, made history as the first native senator American from oklahoma in almost 100 years.
The seat has been held by Republicans since 1987.
Citizen of the Cherokee NationMullin was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 and became part of the Congressional Native American Caucus.
The last Native American candidate to serve in the Senate was Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell of the Northern Cheyenne tribe. He retired in 2005 after two terms as a senator and three terms in the House of Representatives.
James Roesener, 26, became the first openly transgender man elected to any state legislature in the country’s history.
Roesener is one of a record number of trans candidates running for office this year.
He is fighting for the right of access to abortion in his state, New Hampshire, the right to equal pay for women, and supporting legislation that guarantees the protection of same-sex rights, including protection of recognition of the same-sex marriage.
Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul won the election in New York, the first woman to be voted into the highest office in the state.
Hochul took office in August 2021 after former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
He has promised to focus on housing, reduce gun violence and create economic opportunity in his first full term, as well as protect abortion rights.
Democratic state representative Delia Ramírez, 39, will be the first Latina elected to Congress from the state of Illinois.
“We just made history tonight,” Ramírez told supporters on election night. “We broke a glass ceiling.”
In 2018, Ramírez became the first Guatemalan American elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
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