The 2020 elections were unlike anything this country has seen, but that can be positive if you look at the elections correctly. Here are some of the black American men and women who made history in the 2020 election.
Cori Bush, Missouri's 1st Congressional District (D)
It took three tries, but Black Lives Matter nurse and activist Cori Bush has been the first black congressman in Missouri's history. Bush, a 44-year-old mother of two, has defeated her two challengers, Republican Anthony Rogers and libertarian Alex Furman, and won nearly 80% of the vote.
In her acceptance speech, Bush told her supporters that she loves them and will fight for them.
“Your elected congresswoman loves you and you need to hear this because if I love you, it is important to me that you eat, when I love you it is important to me that you have protection and appropriate, safe living. If I love you, it is important to me that you have clean water and clean air and that you have a livable wage. If I love you, I want the police not to kill you. When I love you, it is important to me that you get home safely. "
Ritchie Torres, 15th New York Convention District (D)
Former New York City Councilor Richie Torres, which came out in 2005, was the first openly gay Black and Latino Congressman to win the 15th district in the Bronx, defeating Republican Patrick Delices with nearly 90% of the vote. With the win, Torres also becomes the youngest elected official in NYC.
"It's overwhelming and surreal," Torres told ABC News on Tuesday night. "As a poor kid in the Bronx who grew up in public housing, I never thought I'd be a member of the United States Congress. This is beyond my wildest dreams."
Mondaire Jones, New York's 17th Congressional District (D)
Mondaire Jones, who received more than 50% of the vote in New York's 17th district, shares the title with Torres as the first openly black gay congressman in the city's history.
Jones defeated four other challengers for the seat that served Rockland County and parts of central and northwestern Westchester Counties, including White Plains. Jones, who also grew up in public housing, said he knows that winning will give black men like him someone to look up to that he didn't have.
"If I grew up seeing someone like me in office, let alone in the convention halls, it would have made the process of getting out so much easier," said Jones. "I could have seen in real time that things are actually getting better for people like me who honestly don't get the same thing." opportunities and who are discriminated against. "
Shevrin Jones District 35, Florida Senate (D)
Jones has become one of the few openly black LGBT men elected into Florida legislature. Jones went on to expand funding for public education, expand access to quality, affordable health care and reproductive health, pass a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour, and increase affordable housing.
The former AP chemistry teacher hit Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his coronavirus response in the state.
"Not only am I home to order, but we have mandatory mask orders across the state," Jones said in July. “We are a regional area, especially in South Florida. So unless Broward follows Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach doesn't follow Broward County, you'll only see people climbing to 95 and traveling north to get dinner and other things, so we should stay home until these numbers are falling again. "
Other winners that made history include Michele Rayner-Goolsby, the first openly queer black woman elected to the Florida House of Representatives; Jabari Brisport, New York's first queer senator for color; and Kim Jackson, who became Georgia's first open senator for LGBTQ +.