From a Somali refugee to a former NFL linebacker/ Civil rights attorney, the 2018 midterm elections brought a series of history-making votes Here's a rundown of the history made Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
1. Before Joe Neguse was born his parents fled Eritrea during the civil war there and moved to California. Joe was born a few years later.Tuesday night he was elected to Congress in a blowout in Colorado. At just 35 years old, Joe is the first man ever of Eritrean descent elected to Congress.
2. Lauren Underwood, who is a registered nurse, beat an incumbent Republican and turned yet another red seat blue!! She’s a health policy expert and just became the first woman ever to represent the 14th district of Illinois in Congress!
3. Bobby Kimbrough, made history as he was elected as the first African American Forsyth County Sheriff, Greensboro, North Carolina.
4. Juliana Stratton was just elected to be the Lt. Governor of Illinois! Not only is she a highly skilled legislator in the state, but she has now helped set the record for most Black lieutenant governors in American history!
5. Mike Elliot becoming the first Liberian-American Mayor of the City of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota! His victory is key in representing the Liberian community in the Minnesota.
6.Jahana Hayes, became the first Black woman ever elected to Congress from Connecticut!
7. Wesley Bell, won his election for St. Louis County Prosecutor.
8. Rachael Rollins,became the first woman and the first African American to be elected District Attorney of Boston!
9. Colin Zachary Allred, attorney and former professional football player. He is the Democratic Congressman-elect for the United States House of Representatives in Texas's 32nd congressional district.
10. One of my heroes, Lucy McBath. Lucy won Georgia's 6th district.Lucy is the mother of Jordan Davis who was shot and killed by a bigoted white man when Jordan’s friends turned their music up in their car. Lucy has not only fought for Jordan, but now she’s fighting for all of us!
11. Antonio Delgado defeated a Republican incumbent congressman in a Trump district and just flipped a red seat blue in upstate New York. Antonio is, a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard Law grad.
12. Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American EVER elected to Congress. She’s brilliant, trans formative, and a compassionate leader.
13. Tish James was elected as the Attorney General of the State of New York. She is the first Black woman EVER elected to statewide office.
14. Garlin Gilchrist was elected as the first black Lieutenant Governor of Michigan!
15. Ayanna Pressley became the first Black woman ever elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
16. Mandela Barnes became Lt. Governor is the State of Wisconsin!
Congratulations to these brilliant men and women game changers! #representationmatters