i’m so very very tired. i wish i could just not care about politics. i wish politics were actually the arcane intellectual exercise apolitical people think it is and not, you know, life and death.
No matter what happens:
Key West elected Teri Johnston, Florida’s first openly lesbian mayor
New York elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress alongside Abby Finkenauer, elected in Iowa and one of the first Iowan women ever elected to the House
Colorado elected Jared Polis, the first openly gay man elected governor in the US
Minnesota elected Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman (alongside Rashida Tlaib), the first refugee, and the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress
Massachusetts elected Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts
Kansas elected Sharice Davids, an openly gay ex-MMA fighter and one of the first Native American women (alongside Deb Haaland) elected to Congress
Michigan elected Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American (and first Muslim woman, alongside Ilhan Omar) elected to Congress
Kentucky elected Nima Kulkarni, the first Indian-American elected to Kentucky House of Representatives
New Mexico elected Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women (alongside Sharice Davids) elected to Congress
New Hampshire elected Chris Pappas, the first openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire
Florida elected Anna Eskamani, the first Iranian-American state lawmaker in Florida
Texas elected Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, the first Texas Latinas in Congress
Colorado elected Joe Neguse, the first black Coloradan in Congress
New York elected Letitia “Tish” James, the first black woman elected New York State Attorney General
Connecticut elected Jahana Hayes, the first black, Connecticut woman in Congress
Minnesota elected Angie Craig, the first lesbian mother in Congress
Guam elected Lou Leon Guerrero, the first female governor of Guam
And a record number of women will be elected to the House.
Representation matters. Diversity matters. This is progress.