Now that the dust is starting to settle from the 2018 midterm elections, we can finally start to catch our bearings and look toward the future. The candidates from this election cycle were the most diverse in elections history and today the political landscape is looking a whole lot different.
Over 100 women won House races, with 35 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents. Among these women and male allies, there were many election first.
Here are a few profiles of newly elected officials that will be going to work for you.
Sharice Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and she identifies as lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas and the first one of two of Native American women elected to Congress. Davids previously worked as a lawyer is was formerly a mixed martial arts fighter.
The second Native American women to be elected to congress is Deb Haaland who is an enrolled member of Pueblo of Laguna. Ms. Haaland ran on a platform to fight for our kids, reform health care, and encourage innovation in clean energy.
Minnesota Democratic-Farm-Labor Party member Ilhan Omar and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib will become the first two agMuslim women in Congress.
Omar will be taking over the seat vacated by Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison opted to run for Minnesota attorney general this year.
Omar is standing for health care for all and tuition/debt-free college, housing as a human right, a clean environment for future generations, and elections that can’t be bought.
Ms. Tlaib ran on a platform to fight for constituents in the streets, in the courts, and in Congress, citing on her website the many times that she has already stood up and won against the Koch Brothers and Matty Moroun, and how she protested at a Tump rally and was tossed out after she asked him to “read the Constitution” before many other Democrats were even taking him seriously.
Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado will be the first openly gay man elected as governor. He has proven himself to be an independent leader who has used his private and public sector experience to find
pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation. He believes that education is the single most meaningful investment America can make in its economic future and in its people.
There is already one openly bisexual elected official, Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Bush. Also, there was former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who came out as gay before he stepped down from office in the early 2000s.
Vermot Democrat Christine Hallquist and Texas Democrat Lupe Valdez are two other candidates who ran for governor this year.
Veronica Escobar replaced Rep. Bob O’Rourke in the congressional district near El Paso, becoming one of the two first Hispanic women to be elected to Congress in the state of Texas. She ran on a platform of fighting back against corruption and rebuilding local government.
The second Hispanic female elected to Congress in Texas was state Sen who won in a Houston-area district, over Phillip Aronoff.
We will continue to follow all of these elected officials in the weeks and months to come. What are your feelings, post election? Did you see your candidate win or were you left feeling disappointment?
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