Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. The president-elect beat out incumbent Donald Trump and will serve the country alongside Kamala Harris — the nation’s first Black, first Asian-American and first woman Vice President-elect.
Over the last few months, the Biden/Harris campaign has pandered to the Black community with campaign ads that featured battle rappers and closing arguments from former first lady Michelle Obama. They introduced “Lift Every Voice,” the plan for Black America, detailed plans to advance racial equity and announced support of HBCUs, ultimately earning endorsements from Cardi B, Beyonce, Lizzo, Ava Duvernay and most notably, Barack Obama.
The victory comes hours after Biden confidently expressed his belief that he and Harris “will be the winners.” Despite Donald Trump’s attempt to cease the proper tabulation of votes, he encouraged the calculation of every single ballot, urging Americans to remain patient as an overwhelming number of mail-in ballots were being processed.
In Biden’s presidential run, he broke Barack’s record for the most popular votes, and he and Harris were on track to winning “more votes than any previous presidential and vice presidential ticket.” But, they weren’t the only ones to make history in the recent election.
Sarah McBride will become the nation’s first openly trans state senator and the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official.
Democrat Kim Jackson’s victory makes her Georgia’s first openly LGBTQ state senator.
Democrat Mondaire Jones and Democrat Ritchie Torres are the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress, while Democrat Jabari Brisport is the first openly gay Black man elected to New York senate.
Yvette Herrell, Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez and Democratic U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland will serve New Mexico’s three congressional districts, becoming the first all women of color house delegation.
Cori Bush will be Missouri’s first Black congresswoman.
Democrat Marilyn Strickland’s makes her Congress’ first Korean American and the first Black person to represent Washington at the federal level.
Republican Madison Cawthorn has become the youngest member of Congress in modern history, while Republican Cynthia Lummis will be the first woman to represent Wyoming in the Senate.
Arizona and New Jersey have legalized marijuana, Oregon is the first state to decriminalize the possession of street drugs, and voters in Mississippi have approved a ballot that establishes medical marijuana treatment for those with specific conditions.
Congrats to all the newly elected individuals!