If there was any sort of wake up from the 2016 election, it definitely happened on Election Day 2017. United States citizens came out to vote in the elections and the diversity across the board on gender, sexuality, and race has shown in the results.
Here are the folks who made history this year.
Danica Roem is the first out transgender lawmaker in the state of Virginia.
Bhalla is the first Sikh American to be elected mayor in New Jersey’s history.
Jenkins is the first openly trans person of color to win a seat in Minneapolis City Council and the first openly trans Black woman elected to public office in the U.S.
A refugee from Liberia who arrived in Helena, Mon. 23 years ago, Collins is the first Black mayor in Montana’s history.
In one of the most competitive races in Seattle’s recent history, Jenny Durkan is the first lesbian mayor of Seattle and first female mayor since 1926.
Melvin Carter III
Carter will serve St. Paul as the Minnesota city’s first mayor of color.
Diaz made history as Lancaster’s first Latina to win a spot in city council.
McCollar won the race as the first Black mayor of Statesboro, Ga. on a campaign of change and inclusion.
Tran is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
DeWolf, who is also a Chippewa Cree tribal member, is Seattle’s first openly gay school board member.
A Provo, Ut. native, Kaufsi will serve as the first woman elected mayor of the city.
Lyles became the first Black woman elected mayor of Charlotte, N.C., running on a campaign based on building a city of opportunity and inclusiveness.
Barber is the first Black mayor of Georgetown, S.C.
Michelle De La Isla
De La Isla is the first Latina woman to win the mayoral race in Topeka, Kan..
Mary Parham Copelan
Copelan is Milledgeville, Ga.’s first female African-American mayor.
Gainor is Cairo, Ga.’s first Black mayor.
Curran is the first female County Executive in Long Island, N.Y. history.
Middlelton made history as the first trans person to be elected to non-judicial office in California.
Murillo became the first Latina mayor of Santa Barbara.