A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA. With the GOP in control of the Senate, Trump will have a majority to confirm his executive and judicial appointments. In South Dakota, the Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem will become the state's first female governor.
All three women say they have a lot to do once they get into office, or are back in office, and that they can't wait to get to work. In July 2004, she took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. - becoming the first woman to command a fighter squadron.
Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, while Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowly lost his bid to become the first black governor of Florida.
Victories for both were expected following primary victories earlier this year.
But several prominent women were also defeated - Sen.
Ocasio-Cortez celebrated her victory in Queens last night.
Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.
"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women running for office this year. "What's different this year is the whole pipeline's getting filled with women", Lake said.
What is already the most diverse Congress ever will become even more so after Tuesday's elections, which broke barriers of race and gender.
Politics has become a family affair for Vice President Mike Pence, with his brother Greg elected to his former congressional seat in Indiana.
Deb Haaland is one of the first Native American woman to win a seat in Congress. Haaland, a Democrat, will represent New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.
Ilhan Omar, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will serve Minnesota's 5th District in the House. Vermont has never sent a woman to Congress.
The 2018 midterm election season saw a historic increase in progressive candidates of color, who galvanized supporters in statewide and local races around the United States.
Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Hispanic activist who won a surprising primary victory against a 10-term white incumbent, is the youngest woman elected to Congress. Ayanna Pressley, a 44-year-old member of the Boston City Council who scored a similar upset win, is the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state.