From a pair of Native American women to a Somali refugee to the first openly gay man elected governor, the 2018 midterm elections brought a series of history-making votes that marked major accomplishments for women and LGBT candidates.
Here are some of the women who made history this year. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib is the first Palestinian American in Congress, representing Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. Ilhan Omar is the first Somali American woman elected for the US House of Representatives, representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Young Kim becomes the first Korean American woman to serve in Congress, representing California’s 39th District.Ayanna Pressley became Massachusetts’ first African American congresswoman, representing Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, a diverse, heavily Democratic district. Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, captured Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District and is the first openly LGBT person to represent the state. Safiya Wazir has been elected to New Hampshire’s 400-member House of Representatives, making her the first former refugee to win a seat in the state Legislature.