Your DGB for today is to come up for air and pat yourself on the back.
Don’t let anyone tell you there was no Blue Wave yesterday. We had high expectations for these midterm elections, and yes, our boyfriend Beto lost. However, in NO WAY does that equal failure.
Not only did we take the House of Representatives, but we can celebrate many historic firsts this week.
In Colorado, Jared Polis became the nation’s first openly gay governor.
In New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29.
The first Muslim women ever elected to Congress are Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Imagine Mike Pence swearing them in.
Connecticut and Massachusetts elected their first Black congresswomen in Jahana Hayes and Ayanna Pressley, respectively.
Maine and South Dakota both elected their first female governors: Janet Mills and Kristi Noem.
Texas’ first Latinx congresswomen are Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.
The first Native congresswomen in the US will be Sharice Davids of Kansas (who is also gay) and Deb Haaland of New Mexico.
Tennessee’s first woman senator is Marsha Blackburn. Meh.
The first women ever elected to the House of Representatives in Iowa are Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne.
Overall, our nation voted in a record number of women and minorities and representation is ALWAYS something to celebrate. Brag it up.