The 2020 Presidential Election was historical for many reasons. President-Elect Joe Biden received more popular votes than any other candidate in history. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and woman of color to be elected to the Vice Presidency.
This election has also been historic for women candidates at other levels of government and their accomplishments should be celebrated. To honor these achievements, Walker’s Legacy has compiled a list of notable first to come from the 2020 election.
Sarah McBride, Delaware’s 1st openly transgender state senator
On Tuesday, Sarah McBride, 30, won a seat in the Delaware state senate. Additionally, McBride made history as the first openly transgender state senator in the nation. After she is sworn in, McBride will be the nation’s highest ranking openly transgender elected official.
New Mexico, House of Representatives
From left: Deb Haaland, Yvette Herrell, Teresa Leger Fernandez Photos by: MARK RALSTON/AFP VIA GETTY; RUSSELL CONTRERAS/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK; CEDAR ATTANASIO/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK
New Mexico is the first state to elect all women of color to the House of Representatives. Republican Yvette Herrell, Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez and Democratic U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland all won in New Mexico. Additionally, Yvette is the first Republican Native American elected to congress.
Cori Bush, Missouri’s 1st Black Congresswoman
For the first time in history, Missouri will have a black woman representing the state in congress, Cori Bush. Bush was one of 115 women of color running for congressional office this year, a record breaking number according to the Center of American Women and Politics.
Marilyn Strickland, Washington’s 1st Black Korean Congresswoman
On Wednesday, Marilyn Strickland broke a lot of firsts in the state of Washington. After winning her race, Strickland will be the first African American to represent Washington at the federal level, and the first Korean American woman ever elected to Congress.
Mauree Turner, Oklahoma’s 1st nonbinary state legislator and Muslim lawmaker
From Oklahoma, Mauree Turner won her race for Oklahoma state House for District 88 on Tuesday. Not only does Turner become the first nonbinary state legislator in US history, but also the first Muslim lawmaker in Oklahoma.
Congratulations to all of these trailblazing women in politics.