There are many lessons we can learn from the election and presidency of Donald Trump. The first lesson is that a political outsider, with no public sector experience can run and win an election and it’s a lesson the American people took to heart and followed. From a female speech therapist in Arizona who ran and was elected as the state’s superintendent of pubic education to a Native American woman winning district 27 in the North Dakota House of Representatives, we the people have elected some very different representatives. Here are a few more facts and figures:
More than 47 percent of the voting-eligible population cast a ballot in the midterm elections in November, according to early estimates from the United States Election Project.
About 51.7 million Democrats voted in midterm House races this year versus 47.4 million Republicans, according to data from the Washington Post.
The 116th Congress will see the largest class of female lawmakers ever.
In the states, Seven chambers changed partisan control in the November 6 elections, giving Republicans 62 chambers and Democrats 37 chambers. Democrats captured the Colorado State Senate, the Maine State Senate, the Minnesota House of Representatives, the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the New Hampshire State Senate, and the New York State Senate. Republicans captured the Alaska House of Representatives.
The 2018 results increased the total number of Democratic governors to 23 and reduced the GOP total to 27.
Seventy-six military veterans won their races
From California, former state legislator Young Kim will be the first Korean-American woman to serve in congress.
Lea Marquez Peterson, president of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will be the first Latina to represent Arizona in Congress.
A former waitress, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, upset the New York primary by taking down established Democrat Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District.
Christine Hallquist has become the first transgender person to be nominated for governor by a major party. She defeated three candidates to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Vermont.
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races. Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.
Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member. She came to the United States more than two decades ago as a refugee.
—Lesley Frost, Advocacy Chair
Sources: Ballotpedia, Washington Post, NPR, Politico, Time