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These are the historic firsts for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in 2018|
Joel Shannon, USA TODAY Published 10:36 p.m. ET Nov. 6, 2018
Several candidates made history with their November 6 election victories, recording significant "firsts" for minorities and women in American politics.
Among the historic accomplishments: The first gay man to win a governor's race and the youngest woman to be elected to Congress. Several states also elected minority candidates to the U.S. House and Senate for the first time.
Jared Polis: First openly gay man to win a governor's race
Polis was elected governor of Colorado. He previously served in the U.S. House.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Youngest woman elected to Congress
The New York activist and Democrat, 29, cruised to victory after upsetting established Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary race.
Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib: First Muslim women in Congress
Minnesota voters elected Omar, and Michigan voters elected Tlaib. Omar also became Minnesota's first Somali-American legislator and the first woman of color elected to Congress from the state.
Ayanna Pressley: Massachusetts' first black congresswoman
Previously, Pressley became first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. She ran unopposed in Tuesday's election.
Jahana Hayes: Connecticut's first black congresswoman
Democrat Jahana Hayes became the state's first black woman elected to the House. Hayes, a teacher, was a political newcomer.
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids: First Native American congresswomen
Haaland is a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe. Davids is a Kansas Democrat and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation; she is also Kansas’ first LGBTQ member of Congress.
Michelle Lujan Grisham: New Mexico's first Latina governor
New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham also became the first Democratic Latina governor in the country. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, was the first Latina governor.
Marsha Blackburn: Tennessee's first woman senator
Republican Marsha Blackburn defeated former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in a closely watched race for the Senate. Blackburn will succeed retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, as the state's next junior senator and first woman elected to the seat.
Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne: First women elected to House from Iowa
Iowa had women as governor and senator, but the state elected women to the U.S. House for the first time. Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne, both Democrats, beat out their incumbent opponents, both men.
Kristi Noem: First woman governor in South Dakota
Rep. Kristi Noem became the 33rd person elected governor of South Dakota and the first-ever woman. Noem was also the first person in state history to win the seat after serving the state in Congress. Her victory extended the Republican Party’s hold on the state’s governorship, a streak that has lasted since 1978, the longest GOP run in the country.
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia: Texas' first Latinas elected to Congress
Veronica Escobar is El Paso’s first woman in Congress, and she joins Houston's Sylvia Garcia as Texas' first Latinas elected to the House.
Janet Mills: Maine's first woman governor
Janet Mills, currently Maine’s attorney general, deafeted Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state treasurer Terry Hayes to become the state's first woman governor.