The First-Ever Dominican Is Elected To U.S. Congress

Adriano Espaillat made history as the first Dominican-American elected to Congress on Tuesday (Nov. 8) after winning New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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With 89 percent of the vote, Espaillat successfully beat out Republican opponent Tony Evans, who only took home 11, 111 votes compared to Espaillat’s 147,591 according to NBC.

After 20 years of service in the New York State Legislature, the 62-year-old politician has even more reason to celebrate as the first formerly undocumented immigrant to win a seat in the House of Representatives.

“I will become the first Dominican-American to ever serve in the U.S. Congress,” he predicted at the Democratic National Convention in July. “Perhaps even just as important, I will be the first member of Congress who was once undocumented as an immigrant. You take that, Donald Trump!”

Indeed. Congratulations to Espaillat on his historic win!

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