All we have to say is: Wow! A lot happened during these midterm elections, and if the results are any sign of how things are moving in the United States, changes are definitely coming. Take a look at some of the election highlights below:
Women: With more elections results still to come, ninety-six women have already been elected to represent their respective constituents in the House of Representatives—the most ever in US history. Over in the Senate, thirteen women won Senate seats, bringing the total number of women who now sit in the Senate to twenty-three.
Voters showed up: An estimated record-breaking forty-nine percent of registered voters went out and voted on November 6th—that’s approximately 114 million people! With ballots still being counted, that number will definitely climb. What’s more? For the first time in US history, more than 100 million people went to vote in a midterm election. Mind blown, we know!
Lots of firsts: There were many victorious firsts that came out of this election. For the first time ever …
1. Native American women will be represented in Congress. Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be representing Kansas and New Mexico, respectively.
2. Democratic Representative Jared Polis of Colorado became the first openly gay man to be elected governor.
3. Two Muslim women (Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar) were elected to represent their constituents in Congress.
4. Republican Kristi Noem will serve as South Dakota’s first female governor.
5. Both Arizona and Tennessee will be sending women to the Senate. Tennessee will be sending Representative Marsha Blackburn to the Senate, and while it is unknown who Arizona will send just yet, one of the two female candidates will be heading to the Senate.
She took on Goliath and won: Twenty-nine-year-old Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat Republican Anthony Pappas and won a seat in Congress. She will be the youngest person to ever serve in Congress.
A Flipped House: Democrats took control of the House by winning more than 218 seats, but the Senate remains a Republican majority.
Now that the people have voted and seats have been won, it’s time to get to work … wouldn’t you agree?
If you won a seat in Congress, what would you do to help your constituents?