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Marilyn Strickland becomes first African American to represent Washington in Congress

She will also become the first Korean American woman ever elected to Congress.

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On Wednesday (Nov. 4), Marilyn Strickland was announced as the winner of the election for Washington’s 10th Congressional District.

According to The Hill, Strickland will be the first African American to represent Washington at the federal level. She will also become the first Korean-American woman in history to be elected to Congress.

“I am humbled and honored by the trust the people of the South Sound have placed in me to be their voice in the United States Congress,” Strickland said in a statement. “I want to say how grateful I am to all those who have stood alongside me in this journey. From the bottom of my heart: Thank you.”

Strickland will replace Rep. Denny Heck, who opted to retire at the end of the year. Before her congressional run, Strickland was the first African American to act as mayor of Tacoma, Washington.

History was also made in several other states with this election. In Delaware, Sarah McBride became the first-ever transgender state senator. “We did it. I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted on Tuesday night (Nov. 3). “As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families.”

Democratic Reps.-elect Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres also made history on Tuesday by becoming the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Jones took to Twitter to share what running for Congress meant to him.

“My grandmother used to clean homes in Congers. When daycare was too expensive, she took me with her. Now I get to run to represent the same people whose homes I watched my grandmother clean growing up,” he tweeted. “My story, quintessentially, is that of the American Dream.”

Congrats to Marilyn Strickland!

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