But perhaps the biggest win to come out of the midterms was for women, with an unprecedented number gaining seats in Congress. More than 100 women have been elected, marie claire US reports, breaking the previous record of 85.
Among their impressive number are the youngest woman to ever win a seat in Congress, the first Muslim women in Congress and the first Native American women in Congress. Below, the women who made history this week – and with any luck, will continue to do so.
1/ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
At 29, Ocasio-Cortez (pictured above) is the youngest woman ever to be elected into Congress (the previous record was 30). The New York democrat is also Latina, and campaigned on a platform of democratic socialism, according to W magazine.
2/ Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar
Presenting the first Muslim women to ever serve in Congress: Ilhan Omar, who arrived in the US as a Somalian refugee; and Rashida Tlaib, a democrat for Minnesota.
3/ Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland
Not only is Sharice Davids one of the first Native American women in Congress, she’s also Kansas’ first lesbian representative, according to W. She’s joined by Deb Haaland, who won a seat for New Mexico and is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe.