In a tweet sent early Wednesday morning, Stefanik congratulated Ocasio-Cortez and said she would "proudly hand off that mantle to" the young congresswoman-elect.
Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York, Nov. 6, 2018.
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress. In Georgia, the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams - who is vying to be the first black woman governor in the USA - and Republican Brian Kemp remains too close to call.
Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American members of Congress. Davids, an attorney and advocate, will represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, which covers eastern Kansas and includes Kansas City.
The elections also could bring a younger generation to Washington: Ocasio-Cortez as well as Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat running for a House seat in Iowa, are both in their late 20s.
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Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated from Boston University with degrees in worldwide relations and economics, is a former organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and a former staffer for the late Sen. The data showed that this year, white women split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates for the House, but they preferred Republican candidates in 2010 and 2014.
Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House.
She also identified what policies she intends to target in office, including abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, student loan debt (which she called "a ticking time bomb for our economy") and "the role of money in politics". Women poured into grass-roots groups determined to regain Democratic control of Congress and flooded organizations that trained them to run for office.
The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.
But with record numbers of women nominated for the house, the Senate and for Governor, Tuesday was always set to be a historic day for women. Nuñez, "when she takes office, will be the highest ranking Hispanic female in the history of the state of Florida", DeSantis said during his victory speech on Tuesday night.
16 women nominated for Governor (of the 36 states electing one today).
Election Day brought some big and historic wins for Democrats across NY.