The House is getting its first two Muslim women and Massachusetts is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives.
Both women ran in strongly Democratic regions.
Omar will not only be among the first Muslim women elected to Congress. She is also the first Somali American to win election to national office, according to CNN.
Both Omar and Tlaib were endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that counts among its high-profile members another rising female star – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez easily won election in her district which spans parts of the New York boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.
The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of color meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.
What is already the most diverse Congress ever could become even more so after Tuesday’s elections and will include several trailblazers.
Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in the next Congress.
Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.
And regardless of who wins in Arizona’s competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state’s first woman to serve in the chamber.
Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee’s first woman senator.
Georgia governor’s race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America’s first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.