Ms. Lexi Anderson, CVC Editor
The midterm elections that occurred this past year brought high tensions, partisanship, and voter turnout, as it was hailed as some of the most important elections in the past few decades. The controversial Trump presidency has raised political activists from all sides of the aisle, from those searching for political justice and those staunchly defending the current administration. Regardless of political affiliation, this election was historic. Marked by historic voter turnouts and bitterly partisan elections, the nationwide race for the House of Representatives and the Senate was undeniably ripe with tension and brimming with historical importance.
The composition of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections is 233 seats Democratic, 200 seats Republican, and two seats still undecided. This means that Democrats, who were the previous minority party, recaptured majority for the first time since 2009. Gaining 34 seats, Democrats brought forth a huge wave of political activism, unifying under a message of progress and inclusivity.
The Democratic party elected the first two Muslim congresswomen, as well as the first two Native American congresswomen, one of whom is the second ever openly lesbian member of Congress. New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29 years old, and Texas elected their first ever Latina representatives. Along with other historic elections such as Jared Polis being the first openly gay governor from Colorado, there was a record number of women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community who will be joining the congressional body this year.