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Inés Eisenhour '19

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Blue Wave hopefuls were disappointed on November 6, as results indicated that Republican voters came out in strong enough numbers to keep hold of their Senate majority. The House, however, went to the Democrats.

Fascinating to watch was the number of “firsts” introduced to the House of Representatives.

  1. Ayanna Pressley became Massachusetts’ first black Congresswoman.
  2. Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar became Texas’ first Latina Congresswomen.
  3. Jared Polis became America’s first openly-gay governor by winning Colorado.
  4. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez (NYC) became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
  5. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
  6. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress.
  7. Marsha Blackburn became the first female Senator from Tennessee.
  8. Joe Neguse was the first black Congressperson elected by Colorado.
  9. Michelle Lujan Grisham became the first Latina governor of New Mexico.
  10. Chris Pappas became the first openly-gay Congressperson elected by New Hampshire.
  11. Letitia James became the first black woman Attorney General of New York.
  12. Jahana Hayes became the first black woman elected to Congress by Connecticut.
  13. Keith Ellison became Minnesota’s first Muslim statewide official by winning Attorney General.
  14. 19 year-old Kalan Haywood was elected to Wisconsin’s state assembly, becoming the youngest legislator in the U.S.
  15. Angie Craig became the first lesbian mother in Congress, after winning Minnesota’s 2nd district.
  16. Janet Mills became Maine’s first female governor.
  17. Kristi Noem became South Dakota’s first female governor.
  18. Young Kim is the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress.
  19. Lauren Underwood is the first black woman to win Illinois’ 14th district.
  20. Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne became the first women sent to the House by Iowa.

This list makes me proud to be a young, American woman and I cannot wait to see what these incredible people accomplish in the years to come.

Christopher Carney ‘19 furthermore shared, “It was a liberating experience to know my opinion and vote counted, and it was even more rewarding to know that I helped restore a pro-equality majority to the House.”

Image courtesy of Phil Roeder.

About the Writer
Inés Eisenhour '19, Staff Writer

Inés is a senior who has attended ESJ since sixth grade and this is her second year on The Talon Times staff. Her focus is on human-interest stories and...

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