The 2018 midterm elections, which captured the attention of the nation perhaps as much as any presidential election, saw history made on multiple fronts.
A diverse set of candidates won big victories in states across the country on Tuesday night as people voted at recorded levels.
Beyond the seismic shift in the makeup of Congress, here are people who made history on an individual level in this year’s midterm elections.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, on Tuesday night officially became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, will represent New York’s 14th Congressional District.
She won a shocking victory over longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic congressional primary back in June.
Ocasio-Cortez quickly became a recognizable figure for the party nationwide prior to an easy victory in her historically Democratic district on Tuesday.
Rashida Tlaib is among the first two Muslim women elected to Congress is US history.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress in US history on Tuesday night.
Tlaib is set to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.
The progressive Democrat is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and was also the first Muslim female member of Michigan’s state legislature.
Ilhan Omar joins Tlaib as one of the first two Muslim women in modern US history to be elected to Congress. She’s also the first Somali-American woman to achieve the same.
Ilhan Omar, a progressive Democrat who is also the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress, came to the US as a refugee.
She’s set to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Tlaib and Omar campaigned together earlier this year.
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