The record-breaking number of women on ballots across the country included Republican Marsha Blackburn who was quick to thank voters for electing her the first woman ever to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate.
Over the course of history, there have been a number of men elected to Congress in their 20s, but not women.
Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowley on June 26, 2018 in New York City.
A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress.
Overall, the number of Republican women serving in Congress next term will slightly dip, partially because some female incumbents and candidates lost.
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Beyond the historic victories by women, the first openly gay man was elected to governor in Colorado, and Florida passed an amendment to restore voting rights to more than 1 million people.
When Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia take their seats in January with the 2018 class, they will be the first Latinas ever to represent Texas in the U.S. House.
And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. In Maine, Democrat Janet Mills will become the state's first woman governor, and in South Dakota, Republican Kristi Noem will be the first women to lead the state.
Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman. In the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast. An overwhelming majority of Americans, almost 8 in 10, said it's important to elect more women to public office.
She ran alongside Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, who beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in a high profile race that was one of the most closely watched nationally. White women with college degrees voted strongly for Democrats, by 22 points. "He just laughed, but after Congress repealed the prohibition law in 1991, and I was named as one of seven women who would be put through fighter training, he looked me up and said he was amazed I had accomplished my goal.".