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Posted: November 08, 2018

Election Day 2018: 19 African American women elected judges in Texas

Nineteen African American women were elected judges in Harris County in Texas.
Nineteen African American women were elected judges in Harris County in Texas.

By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


More than a dozen African American women have been elected to serve as judges in Houston, Texas.

It’s another history-making election in a long list of them for the 2018 midterms.

NewsOne reported that 19 black women who ran for judicial seats in Harris County all won, marking one of the biggest electoral victories for black women in the history of the county.

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The women who won are Sandra Peake, Ramona Frankin, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Hollerman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn A. Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda M. Dunson, Toria J. Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia G. Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin and Lori Chambers Gray.

Related: Election Day 2018: Here's a list of historical wins and firsts

BuzzFeed News reported that Harris County is the largest county in Texas. Including the 19 women, all 38 district judges elected are Democrats.

Two months before the election, then-candidate Williams said in a Facebook post that she was humbled by the chance to make history.

“Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I'd become a part of a club of phenomenal Black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong - everything I hope to be!” Williams said. “It is with great pride and excitement that I share this ‘Black Girl Magic’ with you! Congratulations - you are truly black girl magic!”


Election Day 2018: Here's a list of historical wins and firsts

Although the overall impact of the 2018 midterm elections remains to be seen, history has been made in multiple states, as a number of women and people of color have won seats for the first time.

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The historical wins mean more representation in politics for marginalized groups in America.

Here are some of the history-making wins from the midterms.

First Muslim women elected to to Congress: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Tlaib ran unopposed in Michigan, having previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives. BuzzFeed News reported she is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. She will represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

Omar, a Somali-American Democrat, was elected to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. The win means she makes national history as the first Somali-American member of Congress.

First Native American congresswomen: Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids

Haaland is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe. The Democrat will represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. Davids, also a Democrat, is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, USA Today reported. She will represent Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District.

First openly LGBTQ  person elected to Congress in Kansas: Sharice Davids

In addition to making history as one of the first Native American congresswomen, The Kansas City Star reported Davids is also the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas in Congress.

First openly gay governor: Jared Polis

Polis, a Democrat, won the gubernatorial race in Colorado, defeating Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.

First Democratic Latina governor: Michelle Lujan Grisham

In making national history, Grisham, a Democrat, will replace the first-ever Latina governor of New Mexico, Republican Susana Martinez.

First woman elected Guam governor: Lou Leon Guerrero

Leon Guerrero, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio to be the U.S. territory’s first female governor. The island also elected its first openly gay lieutenant governor, Joshua Tenorio, according to the Democratic Party of Guam.

Related: Election Day 2018: 19 African American women elected judges in Texas

First black woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts: Ayanna Pressley

Pressley is set to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District. She defeated incumbent Mike Capuano in the primaries and ran unopposed in the midterms.

Youngest woman elected to Congress: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, turned 29 in October, making her the youngest woman ever elected to Congress when she beat Anthony Pappas and was elected to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District.

First Latinas elected to Congress in Texas: Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar

The Texas Tribune reported that Escobar, a former El Paso County judge, will represent Texas’s 16th Congressional District. State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat, will represent the state’s 29th District.

First women elected to Congress in Iowa: Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne

Finkenauer will represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District after beating Republican Rod Blum. Axne defeated Republican incumbent David Young to represent the state’s 3rd congressional district.

First woman elected Iowa governor: Kim Reynolds

Reynolds, a Republican, was elected Iowa governor after serving as lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2017. When the Trump administration appointed then-Gov. Terry Branstad ambassador to China, she became governor but was not elected into the position.

First openly bisexual person elected to Senate: Kyrsten Sinema

A week after Election Day, Sinema was declared the apparent winner in the Senate race in Arizona. She beat out Republican Martha McSally to represent Arizona’s 6th District. The Arizona Republic reported the win also makes Sinema the state’s first female senator.

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