History Makers: Governors

November 9, 2022
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History Makers 2022

This midterm season, several people elected into state office across the United States made history.
Here's a highlight on three history-making governors this November:
"Real patriotism means bringing people together. It means lifting each other up and improving each other’s lives. Patriotism means knowing that our country is great—and that if we do the work, it will be even greater."

Governor-elect Wes Moore (D), who tweeted on Tuesday evening while votes were being counted. He is the first Black governor from the state of Maryland (and the third Black governor nationwide), as well as an Army combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar (a prestigious postgraduate award for the University of Oxford), and former investment banker.

"I know it will be the honor of a lifetime to serve as Arkansas' 47th governor and the first female governor the state of Arkansas has ever had."

Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR). Her election also marks the first time a father and daughter have held the governor position for the same state. Her father, Mike Huckabee (gov. from 1996-2007), said, "She will bring the heart of a mom and that’s something that will be different and new." Sanders, who served as Pres. Trump's White House press secretary, is the "highest profile" former Trump administration official to be in elected office.

“Tonight I want to say something to every little girl and every young LGBTQ person out there. I hope tonight shows you that you can be whatever, whoever you want to be …"

Governor-elect Maura Healey (D-MA), the first openly-lesbian governor in the U.S. & the first female governor from her state. Healey & her running mate, as well as Arkansas' Sanders & her running mate, are the first all-female governor/lieutenant governors in the U.S. to be elected.

Governors-elect Wes Moore, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Maura Healey are just a few of the people who are making history this midterm season.

Check out our source page to learn more!

Gov. Wes Moore's Tweet

Wes Moore on being elected Maryland's first Black governor: 'It is remarkably humbling' (ABC News)

Huckabee win: Sarah Huckabee Sanders follows in dad’s footsteps as Arkansas governor (Yahoo; Fox News)

'The honor of a lifetime': Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes first woman governor of Arkansas (MSNBC)

Massachusetts’ Healey is 1st lesbian elected governor in US (The Associated Press)

Maura Healey becomes first gay woman elected Massachusetts governor (Los Angeles Times)

Former Harvard co-captain, professional basketball player Maura Healey elected governor of Massachusetts (Yahoo Sports)

Meet the history-makers of the 2022 midterm elections (CNN)

A diverse field of candidates makes history in the midterms. (The New York Times)

Ten candidates who made history Tuesday night (The Hill)

by Jenna Lee,