Meet the 15 people who made history in the 2017 election

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Election Day 2017 marked historic wins across America for many first-time city and state leaders.

In addition to major party wins like election of Democrat Phil Murphy as governor of New Jersey and the election of Democrat Ralph Northam as governor of Virginia, many other leaders made their impact on American politics Tuesday night.

Take a look below to see all the candidates who etched their names in the history books with their 2017 election win:

Danica Roem

In Virginia, Democrat Danica Roem became the first elected openly transgender candidate to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates. She bested Republican Bob Marshall, who advocated for a bill this year that would require individuals to use bathrooms that matched the sex on their birth certificate, reports The Guardian. Marshall has won 14 consecutive general elections over the past 28 years.

Roem is the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature in the U.S., but Althea Garrison, who formerly served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature. However, according to CNN, Garrison did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her 1992 race.


Ravinder Bhalla

Days after being labeled a "terrorist" on a flyer, Ravinder Bhalla was elected as the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, reports the NY Daily News. Beating out five other candidates to replace Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Bhalla thanked his supporters by saying, "We've been through a bruising campaign...but now is the time we come together and see who we can work with to bring this city forward."


Melvin Carter

After receiving 50.89 percent of the votes, Melvin Carter was elected as the first African-American Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, reports CBS Minnesota.

"Being able to look at that office, look at that space and see someone who reflects the diversity of this whole city is something that is critical to building the city for the future, building the city that works for everybody," he said in regards to his win.


Kathy Tran

Kathy Tran became the first Asian-American woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, reports WTOP. According to her website, she and her parents fled Vietnam as refugees when she was just seven months old.


Vi Lyles

Democrat Vi Lyles defeated Republican Kenny Smith to become the first African-American female mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reports The Charlotte Observer.

"With this opportunity you've given me, you've proven that we are a city of opportunity and inclusiveness," she told supporters. "You've proven that a woman whose father didn't graduate from high school can become this city's first female African-American mayor."


Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council Tuesday night, making her the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the U.S., reports The Washington Post.

"Transgender people have been here forever, and black transgender people have been here forever," she said after winning about 73 percent of the votes in Minneapolis's Eighth Ward. "I'm really proud to have achieved that status, and I look forward to more trans people joining me in elected office, and all other kinds of leadership roles in our society."


Sheila Oliver

After the election of Democrat Phil Murphy to the New Jersey governor seat, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver became the first African-American woman lieutenant governor in the state, reports New York Amsterdam News.

Oliver, 65, is a native of New Jersey and is now the state's second highest-ranking official.


Joyce Craig

After beating Mayor Ted Gastas, Joyce Craig became the first woman elected mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, reports New Hampshire Public Radio.

"So although we have been working hard for the past months, the real work of building a stronger Manchester begins now," she told her supporters. "Manchester has incredible potential and to make the most of it we need to work together to build on our strengths and make sure Manchester is working for everyone."


Elizabeth Guzmán

Elizabeth Guzmán made history as, alongside Hala Ayala, one of the first two Hispanic women elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, reports NBC News. She is Peruvian-American with a background in public administration and a focus in social work.


Hala Ayala

Along with Guzmán, Hala Ayala also made history as one of the first Hispanic woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, reports NBC News.

As a cyber-security specialist, Ayala helped to organize the Women's March and served as the local president for the National Organization of Women.


Wilmot Collins

Wilmot Collins, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Liberia, was elected mayor of Helena, Montana. According to the New York Daily News, he is the first black mayor in the state's history.

"After last nights historic firsts for many leaders across the country, Wilmot is confident that the future of this country favors a union of people from all different walks of life," the paper reports a campaign spokesperson saying.


Jenny Durkan

Jenny Durkan defeated Cary Moon to become Seattle's first female mayor since the 1920s, reports The Seattle Times, with 61 percent of the vote. She was also the country's first openly gay U.S. attorney and will be the first openly gay mayor of the city.

"We really can show what it looks like when progressive values are put into action," she said Tuesday night.


Justin Fairfax

Virginia's lieutenant governor-elect, Justin Fairfax, is the second ever African-American to hold a state-wide office in Virginia, reports USA Today.

"This election showed that Virginians believe in our unified vision for the Commonwealth, not one based on fear-mongering and division," Fairfax told The Washington Post. "That positive vision is the one we'll go to Richmond with — and the one that we're going to spend the next four years making a reality."


Mazahir Salih

Mazahir Salih became the first Sudanese-American immigrant elected to the Iowa City Council, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen.


Tyler James Titus

Tyler James Titus, 33, just became the first transgender man to win a seat on the Erie School Board in Pennsylvania. According to Victory Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee, he is the first openly trans elected official in the state.


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