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No matter what happens:

Key West elected Teri Johnston, Florida’s first openly lesbian mayor

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New York elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress alongside Abby Finkenauer, elected in Iowa and one of the first Iowan women ever elected to the House

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Colorado elected Jared Polis, the first openly gay man elected governor in the US

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Minnesota elected Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman (alongside Rashida Tlaib), the first refugee, and the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress

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Massachusetts elected Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts

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Kansas elected Sharice Davids, an openly gay ex-MMA fighter and one of the first Native American women (alongside Deb Haaland) elected to Congress

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Michigan elected Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American (and first Muslim woman, alongside Ilhan Omar) elected to Congress

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Kentucky elected Nima Kulkarni, the first Indian-American elected to Kentucky House of Representatives

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New Mexico elected Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women (alongside Sharice Davids) elected to Congress

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New Hampshire elected Chris Pappas, the first openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire

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Florida elected Anna Eskamani, the first Iranian-American state lawmaker in Florida

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Texas elected Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, the first Texas Latinas in Congress

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Colorado elected Joe Neguse, the first black Coloradan in Congress

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New York elected Letitia “Tish” James, the first black woman elected New York State Attorney General

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Connecticut elected Jahana Hayes, the first black, Connecticut woman in Congress

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Minnesota elected Angie Craig, the first lesbian mother in Congress

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Guam elected Lou Leon Guerrero, the first female governor of Guam

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And a record number of women will be elected to the House.

Representation matters. Diversity matters. This is progress. 

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Author: Penny Wilder

Penny Wilder is a queer human who writes and reads far too many books. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and four cats. Her favorite thing to do at the end of a very long day is to curl up with her tablet and read. She does bookkeeping for nonprofits by day, and by night moonlights as a blogger, artist, illustrator, actor, director, performer, and also sometimes as a business manager for a fledgling theater company. (Not all at once though, because that would be crazy!) She has spent a good deal of her life working in theater; either onstage as a performer, or backstage doing just about every job imaginable. Her love of writing dates back almost as far as her love of reading.

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