Minority Rule

Election Day brings new firsts in Congress

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Minority Rule

Alexandria Orcasio-Guerrero celebrates her victory.

Alexandria Orcasio-Guerrero celebrates her victory.

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Alexandria Orcasio-Guerrero celebrates her victory.

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Alexandria Orcasio-Guerrero celebrates her victory.

Nathan Fletcher, Graphics Editor

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Wednesday, Nov. 7th — The 2018 midterm election was one of the most influential in the modern era. The Democrats took the House, while the Republicans kept the Senate. In Nebraska, all House and Senate seats, as well as the governorship, went to the incumbents. Initiative 427, the initiative to expand the statewide definition of who qualifies for Medicare, passed.

The election also brought a multitude of firsts for minority groups. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is now the youngest woman to ever be elected into national office. Sharice Davids of Kansas is the first lesbian Native American woman in Congress, and the only openly LGBT person to have ever represented Kansas. Along with Davids, Debra Haaland of New Mexico was also one of the first Native American women in Congress.

Guam elected its first female governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, who won with only 50.7% of the vote. Colorado also made history with its governorship, electing Jared Polis as the first openly gay person to hold the position in the United States.

Two Muslim women became the first to be elected to Congress as well: Ilahn Omar and Rashida Tlaib — also the first Somali-American and Palestinian-American respectively.

Nathan Fletcher

Nathan became a member of The Flightline in August of 2017. He is a senior this year, involved in cross country, track, and drama, and can be found watching movies outside of school. You can email him at [email protected]