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The California Democrat, born to an Indian mother and Jamaican-American father, is the first-ever Indian-American senator and the first black senator from California. During her Tuesday victory speech in L.A., the 52-year-old took the stage with a message: "Whatever the results of the presidential election tonight, we know that we have a task in front of us. We know the stakes are high. When we have been attacked and when our ideals and fundamental ideals are being attacked, do we retreat or do we fight? I say we fight!"
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The 37-year-old Democrat, from Florida's 7th Congressional District, is the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress. Murphy and her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was just 1 year old, and after 9/11, she committed herself to the Department of Defense.
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The Oregon Democrat, 56, became the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor in America. Married to a man, Brown identifies as bisexual. "You can't be what you can't see," she told the Washington Blade in October. "If I can be a role model for one young person that decides their life is worth living because there's someone like them in the world, it's worth it."
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Jayapal, currently a Democratic state senator, was elected to Congress on Tuesday, making the 51-year-old the first Indian-American woman to hold a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was born in India but immigrated to the U.S. when she was 16 and has fought for immigrants and refugees her whole life.
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History, twice made: On Tuesday night, Espaillat became the first formerly undocumented immigrant to be elected to Congress, as well as the first Dominican-American congressman in history. "You take that, Donald Trump!" the 62-year-old yelled to the crowd on election night.
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CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO
After an incredibly tight race, the 52-year-old Democrat won the Nevada Senate to become the first Latina senator, ever. "I'm proud to be Nevada's first female and our nation's first Latina senator," Cortez Masto tweeted on Wednesday. "It's about time our government mirrors the diversity of our nation."
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Now the first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator, Omar was born in Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp, eventually escaping to America at the age of 12. On Tuesday night, the 34-year-old politician was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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