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Key Takeaways from the 2018 Midterm Elections

Key Takeaways from the 2018 Midterm Elections

While we all had our personal hopes for the midterm elections, overall, there were some pretty historic moments and some important changes that will impact the next few years. Here are a few key takeaways from the 2018 midterm elections:

Democrats Take Control Of the House

  • Democrats have gained control of the House, surpassing the 218 seat threshold with 224 Democratic members. This proves that the Democratic party and its constituents are no longer powerless against Republicans in Trump’s America. This Democratic House win will reinstitute a healthier checks and balance system. Additionally, numerous investigations into Trump’s Administration may now be pursued, and the White Houses’ tax cuts and efforts to deregulate can be curtailed.

Republicans Hold Control of Senate

  • While the “blue wave” proved true in the House, that did not carry over to the Senate. With 51 Republican members, surpassing the 44 Democrats, the push before the elections to appoint conservative judges on the bench is only going to continue. 

Women Make History

  • 35 new women were elected Into the U.S. House of Representatives, next year there will be at least 101 women in the House of Representatives, which is a historical win for women in the House of Representatives. 

  • Sharice Davids (Kansas) and Deb Haaland (New Mexico) will be the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids is a member of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation Tribe and is the first openly LGBT person to represent Kansas in Congress. Haaland was the former chairwoman of New Mexico’s Democratic Party. 

  • Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) and Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) will be the first Muslim American women elected to Congress. Tlaib was born to Palestenian Immigrants in Detroit, Michigan. She served in the Michigan House and as an attorney at Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. Omar came to the United States as a refugee and is also the first Somali-American in Congress. 

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29. She is an activist from the Bronx and defeated Republican Anthony Pappas in the race for New York’s 14th Congressional District.

Other Historic Wins

  • Jared Polis (Colorado) became the first openly gay man elected Governor.

  • Texas sent their first Hispanic women to Congress: Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.

  • Florida expanded voting rights to former felons, which is the largest expansion of voting rights since the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

  • Massachusetts maintained protections for transgender people.

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