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These Candidates Made History in the 2020 Election These Candidates Made History in the 2020 Election
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The 2020 election saw a diverse set of candidates in races across the country, even though the presidential contest was between two septuagenarian white men. Votes are still being tallied, but barrier-breaking candidates have notched victories in some of the races that have been called. The 2020 election saw a diverse set of candidates in races across the country, even though the presidential contest was between two septuagenarian white men. Here are some of the winners who made history.
Here are some of the winners who have made history.
Kamala Harris is the first woman — as well as the first Black woman and the first Indian-American woman — to be elected vice president.Kamala Harris is the first woman — as well as the first Black woman and the first Indian-American woman — to be elected vice president.
[Read our profile of Kamala Harris, the first woman elected U.S. vice president.][Read our profile of Kamala Harris, the first woman elected U.S. vice president.]
Cori Bush, a progressive who toppled a member of the Democratic Party establishment during her primary, cruised to victory over Anthony Rogers, a Republican, and became the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress. “To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers — this is our moment,” Ms. Bush said in her victory speech.
Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, both Democrats, swept aside their Republican opponents and became the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Mr. Torres, the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress, will replace Representative José Serrano in New York’s 15th Congressional District. Mr. Jones will fill the seat in New York’s 17th Congressional District that is being vacated by Representative Nita Lowey.Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, both Democrats, swept aside their Republican opponents and became the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Mr. Torres, the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress, will replace Representative José Serrano in New York’s 15th Congressional District. Mr. Jones will fill the seat in New York’s 17th Congressional District that is being vacated by Representative Nita Lowey.
Marilyn Strickland, the former Mayor of Tacoma, Wash., who defeated another Democrat in her congressional race, and Michelle Steel, a California Republican who narrowly ousted a Democratic incumbent in hers, are the first Korean-American women ever elected to Congress. Ms. Strickland will also be the first Black woman to represent Washington State at the federal level. Cori Bush, a progressive who toppled a member of the Democratic Party establishment during her primary, cruised to victory over Anthony Rogers, a Republican, and became the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress. “To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers this is our moment,” Ms. Bush said in her victory speech.
Marilyn Strickland, the former Mayor of Tacoma, Wash., who defeated another Democrat in her congressional race, Michelle Steel, a California Republican who narrowly ousted a Democratic incumbent in hers, and Young Kim, a California Republican who lost her race two years ago but defeated a Democratic incumbent this time around, are the first Korean-American women ever elected to Congress. Ms. Strickland will also be the first Black woman to represent Washington State at the federal level.
Election night victories by Representative Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, in the state’s First District, Yvette Herrell, a Republican, in its Second District, and Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat, in its Third District, mean that New Mexico’s entire House delegation will be made up of women of color. Ms. Herrell is also the first Republican Native American woman elected to Congress.Election night victories by Representative Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, in the state’s First District, Yvette Herrell, a Republican, in its Second District, and Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat, in its Third District, mean that New Mexico’s entire House delegation will be made up of women of color. Ms. Herrell is also the first Republican Native American woman elected to Congress.
Cynthia Lummis, a Republican former congresswoman, will become the first woman to serve in the Senate from Wyoming. She cruised to victory in the race to succeed Senator Michael B. Enzi, who is retiring.Cynthia Lummis, a Republican former congresswoman, will become the first woman to serve in the Senate from Wyoming. She cruised to victory in the race to succeed Senator Michael B. Enzi, who is retiring.
Sarah McBride, elected to the Delaware Senate, will become the first openly transgender state senator and the highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S. Her victory came just three years after Danica Roem of Virginia became the first openly trans person elected to the lower chamber of a state legislature.Sarah McBride, elected to the Delaware Senate, will become the first openly transgender state senator and the highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S. Her victory came just three years after Danica Roem of Virginia became the first openly trans person elected to the lower chamber of a state legislature.
“I am hopeful that there’s a young person desperately in need of that message, who, just before going to bed, looked online and saw this result,” Ms. McBride said. “For that person, they know that change is possible and things can get better.”“I am hopeful that there’s a young person desperately in need of that message, who, just before going to bed, looked online and saw this result,” Ms. McBride said. “For that person, they know that change is possible and things can get better.”