Minority Women Made History in the Senate On Election Night
While the nation is reeling over the shock of Donald Trump's upset in the presidential race, women did manage to make history in the election — just maybe not in the way everyone expected. In Congress, women of color achieved some major milestones.
Nevada elected Catherine Cortez Masto to the Senate, making her the first Latina in Congress. She beat our her Republican opponent, Rep. Joe Heck, by a margin of 4 percent, according to early returns. She'll fill Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's Senate seat when he leaves office in January. Leading up to the election, Masto garnered endorsements from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to The Washington Post. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Masto is Nevada's former state attorney general.
And another victory for minority women tonight: Three Asian American women will serve in the Senate for the first time ever, come January. On Tuesday night, two Asian American candidates — Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and California Attorney General Kamala Harris—prevailed in the Senate race. They will join Hawaii's Sen. Mazie Hirono, who became the first Asian America woman senator in 2012. Duckworth will be the first Thai American in the Senate, while Harris makes history twice — the attorney general from California, whose mother is from India and father is from Jamaica, is the first Indian American senator.
And Congress isn't the only place where women are making major moves: Minnesota has elected the nation's first Somali-American Muslim woman to a state legislature. Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. after spending four years in a Kenyan refugee camp, defeated a 44-year incumbent to become the Democratic nominee back in August.
So regardless of who actually won the bid for presidency, there are still victories for woman and minorities that are definitely worth celebrating this election.
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