9 Monumental Latina Victories On Election Night 2020

Despite President Donald Trump falsely claiming he won re-election during his Election Night address at the White House on Tuesday night, he and former Vice President Joe Biden remain in a tight race with millions of uncounted ballots in key states. While the country anxiously waits to learn which presidential candidate will claim a victory, an outcome we may not know until deeper into the week, results are in for many other federal, state and local elections, including races where Latina candidates came out on top.  

According to a report from the Center for American Women and Politics, a record-making 75 Latina congressional candidates ran for the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate this year, including those who may have lost their primary elections. Many more Latinas, including first-time contenders and politicians up for re-election, ran for office at lower levels of government throughout the country. 

While there are still a few important races with Latinas that have yet to be called – Candace Valenzuela, who is running to represent Texas in the U.S. Congress; Anna Tovar, who is vying for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission; and Janet Diaz, who is running for Pennsylvania state senator, to name a few – here are some of the Latina candidates who won local, state and federal contests on Election Night 2020. 

1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

View this post on Instagram

Own your power. . For so many, it’s radical to feel comfortable in your own skin – and to know that you are more than enough, just as you are. . One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” . So take up space. Speak up. Hold the door open and take others with you. Accept that you will be criticized no matter what – that is the price of fighting for change and innovation. I consider constructive criticism a blueprint for improvement and a medicine for ego. . Ultimately, the people who get down, stay focused in adversity, and do the thankless work of change are the ones who transform society. We can all be a part of that, if we so choose. We can all knock a door, register our cousin to vote, or educate ourselves on an issue we’re curious about. . We are all capable of awakening and commitment. And because of that, we can all be great. . 📸: @gigilaub

A post shared by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@aoc) on

In New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was re-elected in the state’s 14th Congressional District in Northern Queens and parts of the Bronx. The Democratic star took 68% to Republican and former NYPD officer John Cummings’ 32%. “Serving New York-14 and fighting for working-class families in Congress has been the greatest honor, privilege and responsibility of my life,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Thank you to the Bronx and Queens for re-electing me to the House despite the millions spent against us, and trusting me to represent you once more.” Additionally, all four members of the progressive “squad,” including Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) were re-elected to Congress last night. “Our sisterhood is resilient,” Omar tweeted.

2. Teresa Leger Fernandez

In the Southwest, attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez won New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district race, becoming the first Latina and first woman to hold the congressional seat since its creation in 1983. Fernandez, who supports investments in renewable energy and a transition toward a single-payer healthcare system, beat out Republican engineer Alexis Johnson for the open seat to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján as he runs for U.S. Senate. “The people of New Mexico have chosen to protect what we love – our democracy, our planet, our families and communities, our health care and our future. With this victory, I promise you I will take the courageous action that this historic moment demands. Muchísimas gracias,” Fernandez tweeted

3. Amy Mercado

In Central Florida, Amy Mercado won the election for Orange County Property Appraiser, becoming the first Latina to hold the seat. The former two-term Democratic state representative left her post to run for appraiser, saying she’s “passionate about making the move to serve Orange County at the local level and bringing a fresh perspective.” Her primary win earlier in the year stopped current Appraiser Rick Singh from securing another term in office. She ran in the general election unopposed, winning 96 percent of the vote.

4. Victoria Neave

View this post on Instagram

We began this journey almost five years ago with little more than the audacity to believe that we could beat out a Republican incumbent with a war chest twice the size of ours. Today, two legislative sessions later, I am filing for re-election with that same audacity – the audacity to fight for a better tomorrow. Over these past years, our work has culminated in the passage of the historic Lavinia Masters Act, which has added over $50 million dollars to the fight for survivors of sexual assault, and we’ve brought millions of additional dollars to our local neighborhood schools in Mesquite, Garland, and Dallas. We have received accolades to the tune of “2019’s Best Legislators”, “Legislator of the Year” and “The Best of the 2019 Legislative session” – all this year ALONE. I am filing for re-election because I believe that our work is not yet done. The battles against child poverty, the high number of uninsured children, sexual assault and harassment, sub-standard wages, insufficient healthcare, college tuition, and mass incarceration have not yet been won. We also need to real conversations about a comprehensive system to legalize cannabis for medical and adult use. So join us, because my team and I have no plans to back down from the fight for a better Texas anytime soon. Pitch in any amount you are able to help our re-election efforts at Sponsor or purchase a ticket to my 39th Birthday Party Campaign Fundraiser at

A post shared by Victoria Neave (@victoria4texas) on

Over in Texas, Victoria Neave was re-elected to the Texas House, representing District 107, which includes parts of East Dallas, Mesquite and South Garland. The attorney beat out her Republican contender Samuel Smith with 57% of the vote. “I am beyond thankful and so humbled tonight. To everyone that made phone calls to voters with us, to every piece of campaign literature dropped at the doors, to every single donation. This race was won by all of us. Thank you,” she tweeted.  

5. Jessica González-Rojas

Back in New York, reproductive justice activist-turned-political candidate Jessica González-Rojas won the 34th district seat of the New York State Assembly, covering the Queens neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Woodside and East Elmhurst. “I am humbled by the trust placed in me by the people of Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Woodside. This victory is the culmination of a broad and diverse coalition that set out to build a grassroots campaign on people-powered solutions to the challenges facing our communities,” González-Rojas said back in June after her primary win.

6. Melisa Franzen

Melisa Franzen, a member of the Minnesota Senate who has represented District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area since 2012, was re-elected last night. The politician, who serves the Minneapolis suburbs of Edina, Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Minnetonka, shared her gratitude on Twitter. “I am thankful for all of you who showed up at the ballot box or voted by mail to make democracy work. I’m honored once again to represent SD49 for two more years in the #mnleg. I will continue to earn your trust and fight for our shared values at the Capitol,” she said.

7. Raquel Terán

Raquel Terán, an organizer-turned-politician, was re-elected to the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 30. Terán, who pushed for investments in safe neighborhood public schools, quality healthcare for all, economic growth and keeping families together, won unopposed. On Twitter, she wrote: “Thank you, Arizona. We delivered. Thank you, LD30, for your trust in our campaign. Thank you to every single person who got out the vote. Thank you to our community-based organizations who made this moment happen through many years of work. Thank you to every candidate that ran.”

8. Luisa Santos

In South Florida, Luisa Santos, an ice cream shop owner and tutor, defeated Dennis Moss, a term-limited Miami-Dade commissioner, for the Miami-Dade school board District 9 seat. Santos, a former teacher who also worked in President Barack Obama’s U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, won with 52% of the vote. “Thank you so much for the support that you’ve all entrusted in this campaign through your time and donations that made all of this possible. I promise to serve District 9 with a dedication to transparency, so we can bring change to our school system together,” Santos wrote on Twitter

9. Ana-Maria Ramos

Back in Texas, Ana-Maria Ramos was re-elected to the state’s House of Representatives District 102, which covers Addison, Dallas, Garland and Richardson in northern Dallas County. Ramos once again defeated former Republican State Representative Linda Koop, who called her Latina opponent’s win against her in 2016 a “fluke.” 

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at

Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

Things That Matter

Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool / Getty Images

President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

READ: President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at

President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

Things That Matter

President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

Rob Carr / Getty Images

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th president and the 49th vice president of the United States of America. The new administration has been sworn in and the inauguration was a beautiful representation of America with people of color and women taking center stage.

Lady Gaga kicked off the 59th inauguration by singing the national anthem.

In 2017, Lady Gaga famously participated in the Women’s March the day after former President Trump’s inauguration. Four years later, the singer proudly took to the Capitol to usher in the beginning of the Biden/Harris administration. Dressed in custom Schiaparelli, Lady Gaga performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and left people speechless.

Vice President Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This was a special moment. The first Latina to ever serve on the Supreme Court was the one to swear in the first woman, first Black, and first South Asian vice president. It was a historical moment that will forever change the United States.

Justice Sotomayor has made a name for herself in American pop culture because of her blistering dissents. As the first Latina on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor opened possibilities for Latinas. We basically watched one icon swear in another icon and it is everything.

The most exciting moment of the inauguration might have been Jennifer Lopez and her remix of an American classic.

Lopez sang “This Land Is Your Land” but added a special twist. During the song, Lopez stops and says, “Una nacion, bajo de dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.” Translated, she said, “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” That’s right. The Puerto Rican pop superstar used her moment at the nation’s Capitol building to give a shout out to all the Latinos who call the U.S. home.

Of course, the most iconic moment was J.Lo shouting “Let’s get loud.”

We all know that song. We are all singing it now after reading those three words. It was truly one of the most impactful moments of her performance. Only an icon could turn “This Land is Your Land” into a greatest hits medley. We are all better for having witnessed it.

However, it was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman that stole the entire show.

The Youth Poet Laureate was chosen to speak at the inauguration and she youngest inaugural poet of all time. She joins the impressive ranks of Maya Angelou, Richard Blanco, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poem, written right after the Capitol riot. It was relevant, poignant, and moving.

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.”

And, of course, Joseph Robinette Biden became the 46th president of the United States of America.

“Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country,” President Biden said. “It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some four hundred years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

“The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, unity.”

Welcome to the White House President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

READ: The TikToker Who Put Fleetwood Mac Back On The Charts Will Perform At The Inauguration’s Virtual Parade

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at