Historic Lt. Governor Wins
In Minnesota, 39-year-old Democrat Peggy Flannagan will become the state’s first Native American Lt. Governor. The 2002 University of Michigan graduate is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Tribe. She ran alongside Governor-elect Tim Walz. Flanagan was the first Native American woman to address the DNC as an official speaker in 2016. Wisconsin has elected 31-year-old Mandela Barnes as the state’s first Black Lt. Governor. The 2008 Alabama A&M graduate was the running mate of Governor-elect Tony Evers, who defeated incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. Barnes will become just the second Black person elected to statewide office in Wisconsin. The former State Representative joked about the difference in age with Evers, who is more than twice as old as him at 67. They called themselves the "Tony and Mandela Show" on the campaign trail, working to engage younger voters. Florida has elected its first Latina Lieutenant Governor: Jeanette Nuñez. The Florida International University graduate ran as Ron DeSantis’ running mate who beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in the closely watched high-profile race. The 47-year-old Cuban American is currently Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives. During the 2016 presidential race, the Republican endorsed Marco Rubio. At the time, she tweeted: “Wake up Florida voters, Trump is the biggest con-man there is, adding the hashtags #supportsKKK and “#nevertrump.” The tweet was deleted after Nuñez was named DeSantis’ running mate. More here.