2 Latino Politicians WIN BIG in California

These Latino firsts made history in the 2022 midterm elections.

1. Robert Garcia is the first LGBTQ immigrant elected to Congress.

2. Senator Alex Padilla is the first Latino elected to the U.S. Senate; Padilla had been previously appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill in the seat vacated by Kamala Harris after becoming vice president in 2021.

 

About the winners!

1. Democratic candidate Robert Garcia is the first LGBTQ immigrant elected to Congress following his victory against Republican John Briscoe in a race to represent California’s 42nd Congressional District.

Garcia, who is gay and immigrated to the U.S. from Peru at age 5, was first elected as the mayor of Long Beach in 2014.

In a sweet Twitter post Tuesday night, Garcia shared a photo of his mother captioned, “Mom, we did it!”

According to the NBC News Decision Desk, Garcia is projected to defeat Briscoe by roughly 30 percentage points as of Wednesday afternoon.

 

2. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla also made history as the first Latino elected to the U.S. Senate from California; Padilla had been previously appointed to the U.S. Senate by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill in the seat vacated by Kamala Harris after becoming vice president in 2021.

Alex Padilla at an election-night party in Los Angeles, on Nov. 8, 2022.
Alex Padilla at an election night party Tuesday in Los Angeles. Jae C. Hong / AP

 

The appointment officially made him the first Latino senator to represent the state.

“California made history once again,” Padilla tweeted Tuesday night. “I am humbled and honored by the trust that Californians have placed in me.”

According to the NBC News Decision Desk, Padilla is projected to defeat Republican Mark Meuser by roughly 20 percentage points as of Wednesday afternoon.

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