From two Native American women to the first openly gay elected governor, last night’s midterm elections results brought forth a series of landmark votes that signaled a series of accomplishments not just for women and LGBT voters but for Latinas in particular.
Here’s a look at the history made by Latinas during last night’s midterm elections.
El Paso rallies to send Veronica Escobar, one of Texas’s first Latinas to Congress
It’s a gorgeous day to be out in El Paso, reminding voters about the urgency of this election. This guy is afraid not enough of us will turn out. I told him that this is why we’ve been knocking on so many doors. Have you voted yet? Get out there and vote! #2018Midterms🏃🏽♀️ 👻🎃🇺🇸💙 pic.twitter.com/8lNEPTvlDJ
— Veronica Escobar (@vgescobar) October 24, 2018
Texas voters elected the state’s first two Latinas to Congress last night and this morning with Veronica Escobar of El Paso making 1 part of the inspiring duo. The former professor, who was born in El Paso, won the seat for Texas’ 16th congressional district last night in a drawn-out bid to win against Republican candidate Rick Seeberger to replace Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the congressional district near El Paso. Escobar took down Seeberger in a win of 68.4% of the vote. Addressing her big victory and the success of her campaign and supporters, Escobar thanked the voters of her district saying” I am humbled and honored by your support. This victory belongs to everyone who made contributions, knocked on doors, phone banked, worked hard, and gave of their time and energy. Words cannot express how grateful I am.”
Houston sends, Sylvia Garcia, the first Latina of its district and of Texas to Congress
On this very important #TShirtTues , a HUGE reminder that today is final day to vote. Please help me make history! Vote straight Democratic & you vote for me! Let’s make this the Year of the Latina. Polls open at 7am/Close at 7p. @latinovictoryus @emilyslist @PODERPAC pic.twitter.com/bPQfWRLHLi
— Sylvia R. Garcia (@SenatorSylvia) November 6, 2018
Sen. Sylvia Garcia made history alongside Escobar when she defeated Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff, in a Congressional race for her district of Houston. Garcia, who started out her career as a social worker, is a lawyer with a degree from TEaxas Southern University and served as a presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System. In a tweet to her account about her win, Garcia thanked her supporters for their part in ensuring her win writing “We won! Thank you for fighting for me. I will never stop fighting for you in Washington!”
Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress
New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez easy won her general election race and thus become the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. The 29-year-old politician of Puerto Rican-descent invigorated voters earlier this year with a campaign that invigorated women voters of color across the country and boosted her to national status. “Words cannot express my gratitude,” the newly elected congresswoman wrote to supporters in a tweet from her account “The people of the Bronx and Queens, and countless supporters across the country, elected us on a clear mandate to fight for economic + social justice in the United States of America. And that is what we will do”
Jeanette Nuñez became Florida’s first Latina Lieutenant Governor
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank each person who volunteered, contributed, and prayed for Ron and I. I’m so thankful to God for His ever present help. This victory is for Him! #GodIsGood #floridagovernor @RonDeSantisFL pic.twitter.com/yD3hGPRVUd
— Jeanette M. Nunez (@RepJNunez) November 7, 2018
After a long run alongside Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis who won against Andrew Gillum, Nuñez won her bid for Lieutenant Governor. Upon her official confirmation to office, the Cuban healthcare businesswoman from Miami will be the highest ranking Latina in the history of Florida.