A week ago, on the eve of Election day, I was both nervous and excited for what the following day would bring. I had no idea how many amazing ‘firsts’ would be accomplished in this year’s elections. Let’s take a moment to recognize some of them:
- WOMEN ARE GETTING IT DONE!!! Massachusetts elected Elizabeth Warren as their first female senator, and New Hampshire is the first state to have an all women delegation — Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, House Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster, and Governor Maggie Hassan, who will be the only female Democratic governor in 2013.
- ASIAN AMERICANS REPRESENT!!! The largest delegation of Asian-Americans will be representing the United States in Congress. This includes the first Asian-American woman elected into the the US Senate, Mazie Hirono representing Hawaii. Hawaii also elected Tulsi Gabbard as the first ever practicing Hindu to the US House of Representatives. Illinois’ Tammy Duckworth and New York’s Grace Meng are the first Asian Americans to represent their states in Congress.
- HOORAY FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY!!! For the first time, voters approved Marriage Equality in Washington, Maine and Maryland. Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment rejecting marriage equality. The largest openly gay delegation was also elected to the House of Representatives, including California’s Mark Takano, who is the first openly gay person of color in the House. Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin becomes the first openly gay senator, and let’s not forget that Barack Obama, the first sitting president to support marriage equality, was re-elected!
The government is beginning to reflect the population that they are representing, and these elections have made me more hopeful for the future of this country.