Congratulations to all the voters, volunteers, organizers, and candidates who voted on Tuesday to put a powerful check on this administration and start building a better future for everyone in our country.
It was a historic night in so many ways: For the first time ever, over 100 women were elected to Congress—including a record number of women of color. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women to ever serve in Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will be the first Muslim women to serve. Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes will be the first black women to represent Massachusetts and Connecticut in Congress, respectively. Tish James will be the first black woman to be New York’s attorney general. Janet Mills will be the first woman governor of Maine. Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer will be the first women to represent Iowa in the House. Finkenauer and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are the youngest women to be elected to Congress ever. The inspiring Lucy McBath became an activist for common-sense gun reform after her son, Jordan, was shot and killed. This cycle, she ran for Congress in a heavily Republican district in Georgia—and yesterday, she declared victory.
These historic firsts are important not just because representation matters (and it does), but because these extraordinary women will bring perspectives that have been absent from our policy debates for far too long.
There were important wins for rights, too, including Floridians voting to restore the voting rights of 1 million of their fellow citizens and Nevada approving automatic voter registration. None of these victories would have been possible if people had simply given up after the heartbreak of 2016. They belong to all the volunteers and candidates who worked impossible hours, logged hundreds of miles, and knocked on countless doors.
Two years ago, it wasn’t clear where this team would go next. But over the last two years, you’ve built something incredible, and I couldn’t be more proud to be in this fight alongside you.
Our work is far from over. As we celebrate our wins, let’s be clear about what’s ahead