With the record-breaking group of women elected this year comes a crop of other records and firsts.
Though a few months older than Ocasio-Cortez, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, along with fellow candidate Cindy Axne, won a different distinction as the first women Iowa has ever sent to the House.
The 29-year-old New York Democrat skyrocketed into the national spotlight earlier this year after a grassroots campaign and primary victory over 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley.
After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019.
"The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like America", said former president Barack Obama, praising the record number of women, a surge in minority lawmakers and record voter turnout.
Going into the midterm elections, 19 per cent of the Governor, Senate and House seats were held by women. Eight additional women will serve as governor in the U.S.
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On Tuesday night, congressional districts that have been dramatically changed by mass immigration elected Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley in Massachusettes.
In defeating Democrat Phil Bredesen, GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator, MA sent the state's first black woman to Congress in Democrat Ayanna Pressley and Texas elected their first two Latinas to Congress, sending Democrats Veronica Escobar of El Paso and Sylvia Garcia of Houston to the House. In 2016, she became the first Somali-American legislator in the country.
American voters have elected many men in their 20s to Congress, but Ocasio-Cortez could become the youngest woman to join the House.
Women won gubernatorial races in nine states.
New York Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Queens, New York, after defeating Republican challenger Anthony Pappas in the race for the 14th Congressional district. Women are also more likely to identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey. Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.