Oh my God, you guys. I didn’t realize just how BIG us pro-choice feminists won last night’s election until compiling this list. It’s not just that we have more four years of President Obama — we also have our first openly gay person to serve in the Senate, the first Asian-American women in both the House and Senate, the first Hindu to serve in Congress, and several other “firsts” too numerous to list.
I could honestly not be prouder to be a progressive American than I am today. And yes, I’m including 2008 in that statement! After the jump, thanks to EMILY’S List, here is a list of all the pro-choice female politicians who won last night.
- Tammy Baldwin for Senator of Wisconsin. Baldwin will be the first openly gay person to serve in the Senate and the first woman to be a senator in Wisconsin.
- Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Re-elected, having defeated “legitimate rape” neanderthal Todd Akin!
- Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Re-elected!
- Elizabeth Warren for Senator of Massachusetts. Warren is the first-ever woman senator in MA.
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Re-elected!
- Tulsi Gabbard for Representative of Hawaii. Gabbard will be the first Hindu to serve in Congress, as well as one of the first female combat veterans to serve in Congress.
- Grace Meng for Representative of New York. Meng will be the first Asian-American to represent New York in the House of Representatives..
- Mazie Hirono for Senator of Hawaii. Hirono will be the first Asian-American woman in the Senate and will be Hawaii’s first-ever female senator.
- Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state. Re-elected!
- Maggie Hassan for Governor of New Hampshire. Hassan will be the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country.
- Representative Lois Capps of California. Re-elected!
- Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Re-elected!
- Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Re-elected!
- Lois Frankel for Representative in Florida. Frankel will be the first-ever woman to represent her district in the House of Representatives.
- Carol Shea-Porter for Representative of New Hampshire.
- Suzan DelBene for Representative of Washington state.
- Gloria Negrete McLeod for Representative of California.
- Michelle Lujan Grisham for Representative of New Mexico.
- Joyce Beatty for Representative in Ohio.
- Cheri Bustos for Representative in Illinois! Bustos will be the first-ever woman to represent her district in the House of Representatives.
- Representative Louise Slaughter of New York. Re-elected!
- Ann McLane Kuster for Representative of New Hampshire.
- Elizabeth Esty for Representative of Connecticut.
- Diane Titus for Representative of Nevada.
- Tammy Duckworth for Representative of Illinois. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois. (Thanks to reader Monica for the reminder!)
- Julia Brownley for Representative of California.
If I left anyone out of this list, I sincerely apologize — email me at [email protected] and I’ll pop her right in.
And if you want to pour a glass or three of bubbly and Diane Sawyer-out in celebration, you won’t hear any complaints from us.