A Summary of All the Major Victories & Firsts from the 2018 Midterms

Big wins in Midterms
Zachary Zane

Maybe the Blue Wave didn’t come crashing down as hard as many of us hoped, but there are numerous wins (and firsts) that we should not take for granted! Here are just a few of the major positive takeaways from last night’s 2018 midterm elections:

Jared Polis became the first openly gay governor in the history of the United States

Beating his Republican opponent by a strong margin, Polis will be the next governor of Colorado. The governor-elect was open about being a proud member of the LGBTQ community throuhgout his campaign.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar become the the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress

Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota both won their races for House seats yesterday. This is the first time in the history of our nation that Muslim women were elected to Congress.

Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland become the first Native American women elected to Congress

Davids, who was elected to Congress in Kansas, is an attorney by training and a former mixed martial arts fighter. She is also openly gay. Haaland, who won in New Mexico, beat Janice Arnold-Jones, a Republican, and Lloyd Princeton, a Libertarian.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

At the age of 29, Ocasio-Cortez will be a New York congresswoman.

Teri Johnston becomes Floridia’s first openly gay woman to win a mayoral election

For the first time in nine years, Key West has elected a new mayor—and this time, she’s gay!

Florida restores the right to vote for people with felony convictions who have served their time

Floridian voters just passed Amendment 4, a ballot initiative that restores voting rights to nonviolent felons. That means roughly 1.5 million Floridians with prior felony convictions will be eligible to vote in 2020.

Massachusetts voted Yes on 3

This state law will protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, including bathrooms and locker rooms, rejecting efforts by opponents to repeal the 2-year-old law in the first statewide referendum in the U.S. on transgender rights.

Over 100 LGBTQ candidates won races on the federal, state, and local levels

Yes, you read that correctly! The rainbow wave is upon us!

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