Historic Firsts and Achievements of Election Day 2016
by McKinley Corbley – Nov 9, 20162
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For starters, 52-year-old Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto became the nation’s first Latina Senator after beating Representative Joe Heck. A granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant and a former Nevada attorney general, Catherine will replace Democratic minority leader Senator Harry Reid.
Meanwhile in California, State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was elected as the state’s first freshman Senator in 24 years. Harris is the first black politician to represent California, the second black woman ever to join the Senate, and the first woman ever elected as California attorney general. The Democratic daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants will be replacing the retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer.
48 year-old Tammy Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois and the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, won the race for US Senate. An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs. She defeated incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk.
Ilhan Omar became the nation’s first Somali-American legislator after she won a House seat in Minnesota. The 34-year-old succeeded with 80% of the vote, making her an important representative of the largest Somali immigrant population in America.
Finally, Kate Brown was elected as the nation’s first openly LGBT governor in Oregon. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey came out as gay in 2004, but he had already been elected – Brown, however, has made history as an outed bisexual woman.
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For all the yelling and whining about racist, bigoted, and a whole load of other epithets, it seems like the “Country” has moved along.
Will anyone in the media or politics admit this modest progress?
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