Catherine Cortez Masto Is First Latina Senator In U.S. History

For the first time in history, a Latina was elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.

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In a close race for Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto edged past Republican opponent Joe Heck on Tuesday (Nov. 8) with 49 percent of the vote, NBC reports.

The granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, Cortez Masto will be the fourth Latino to serve in the Senate as she prepares to join Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).

“I want you to know this isn’t my win, it is our win. We did this together,” the former attorney general said in her victory speech. “As I look at the room right now, I can see there is just an incredible, incredible group of people out here. The multicolored fabric of Nevada, the diversity here, is our strength and I can see from your faces that we are going to continue to be strong and continue to fight for our families, for our future — here in Nevada and across this country.”

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Congratulations are surely in order for Cortez Masto, as many have taken to Twitter to celebrate an overdue yet colossal milestone.

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