Early results in the US midterm elections welcomed diversity, from the first openly lesbian governor to the first Generation Z member-elect to Congress.
TV networks predicted that voters in Massachusetts elected Democrat Maura Healey as America’s first out lesbian governor.
The 51-year-old defeated Geoff Diehl, who was sponsored by former President Donald Trump, to take over the post from Republicans.
She was “proud” of her historic victory, telling applauding supporters that it showed “to every little girl and every LGBTQ person out there, you can be anything you want to be.”
Healey will also be the state’s first female governor. Her victory, together with that of running mate Kim Driscoll, means that for the first time, women will serve as governor and lieutenant governor of a state.
Maxwell Frost, a Democrat from Florida, became the first member of Generation Z to be elected to Congress when he was elected to the US House of Representatives.
In a heavily Democratic area, the 25-year-old defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish.
“We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future,” the African- American tweeted.
Another Gen Z candidate, 25-year-old Karoline Leavitt, is running for Congress in New Hampshire, albeit she is on the opposite side of the political spectrum and is in a more competitive campaign.
Meanwhile, the state of New Hampshire became the first in US history to elect a transgender man to a state legislature, according to the Washington Post.
This year’s ballot had a record number of trans candidates, including Democrat James Roesener.
Roesener will not be the first openly trans lawmaker, as a number of transgender women have previously been elected.
Alabama elected Republican Katie Britt as the state’s first female senator, while Sarah Huckabee Sanders was expected to win Arkansas’ gubernatorial contest and become the state’s first female governor.
Maryland elected its first Black governor, Democrat Wes Moore, and Oklahoma elected its first Native American senator in nearly 100 years, Markwayne Mullin.
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