The 2018 midterm elections, which captured the attention of the nation perhaps as much as any presidential election, saw history made on multiple fronts.
Beyond the seismic shift in the makeup of Congress, here are people who made history on an individual level in this year’s midterm elections.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, on Tuesday night officially became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, will represent New York’s 14th Congressional District.
She won a shocking victory over longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic congressional primary back in June.
Ocasio-Cortez quickly became a recognizable figure for the party nationwide prior to an easy victory in her historically Democratic district on Tuesday.
Rashida Tlaib is among the first two Muslim women elected to Congress is US history.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress in US history on Tuesday night.
Tlaib is set to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.
The progressive Democrat is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and was also the first Muslim female member of Michigan’s state legislature.
Ilhan Omar joins Tlaib as one of the first two Muslim women in modern US history to be elected to Congress. She’s also the first Somali-American woman to achieve the same.
Ilhan Omar, a progressive Democrat who is also the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress, came to the US as a refugee.
She’s set to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Tlaib and Omar campaigned together earlier this year.
Jared Polis is the first openly gay man to be elected as the governor of a US state.
Democratic Rep. Jared Polis on Tuesday night became the first openly gay man elected as the governor of a US state.
Polis, a Democrat, won the Colorado gubernatorial race against Republican Walker Stapleton.
He was not shy about his sexual orientation on the campaign trail whatsoever. “I think it really gives Colorado an opportunity to stick a thumb in the eye of Mike Pence, whose view of America is not as inclusive as where America is today,” Polis said of his candidacy during a speech earlier this year.
Deb Haaland also becomes one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress in the country’s history.
Haaland — a member of the Laguna Pueblo people from western New Mexico — went for the vacant seat left by Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, after she decided to run for governor.
Haaland won the 1st district primary in June, and beat GOP congressional nominee Janice Arnold-Jones (36.4%) on Tuesday with a predicted 59.1% of the vote.
Grisham also won her race for New Mexico Governor.
Ayanna Pressley has become Massachusetts’ 1st black congresswoman.
Pressley ran unopposed in the Massachusetts 7th district, after beating down 10-time Representative Michael Capuano by 17 points in the primary on September 4.
After she won Pressley said women of colour have had to create “seismic shifts” to get them into office.
Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar have become Texas’ first-ever Latina women in Congress.
El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar won district 16 for the Deomocrats with a projected 68.4% of the vote, becoming El Paso’s first woman in Congress as well.
Texas’ Democrat Senator Sylvia Garcia beat GOP candidate Philip Aronoff in district 29, which covers Houston, with a projected 75% of the vote.
40% of Texans are Latino, but they have never elected a Hispanic woman to Congress, until now.
Jahana Hayes has made Connecticut history: their first black woman elected to Congress.
2016’s national “Teacher Of The Year” Jahana Hayes won Connecticut’s 5th district with a projected 56% of the vote on Wednesday morning, beating Republican Manny Santos, who got a projected 44%.
Hayes succeeds Democrat Elizabeth Esty who didn’t run for re-election.
Hayes grew up in a housing project and her mother struggled with drug addiction. At 17 she got pregnant but enrolled in community college and got her bachelor’s and advanced degrees, Associated Press reported.
Young Kim is poised to become the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress.
Republican Young Kim, looks to have won California’s 39th distract with 52% of the vote, with 94% of votes counted as of 4 a.m PST.
It’s a close race though, with Democrat challenger Gil Cisneros hot on her heels with 48.4% of the vote so far.