Last Night Saw a Bush Family First
George P. Bush is first in family to win his first election
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2014 8:47 AM CST
George P. Bush delivers his victory speech after winning the race for Texas land commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – For the first time ever, a member of the Bush family won his very first election. George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's son, was elected land commissioner in Texas last night, CBS Houston reports. "I could not be prouder of George. He ran a great campaign, built his own first-rate team, united [a broad] and winning coalition, and presented a clear vision for the future of Texas," Jeb Bush said in a statement. "He's going to be an incredible Texas Land Commissioner!" More firsts from the midterm elections:

  • Republican Elise Stefanik, 30, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress; she won in New York's open 21st District, ABC News reports. Stefanik worked in George W. Bush's presidential administration, and John Boehner campaigned for her.

  • Texas got its first fracking restriction: Voters voted to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton, where noise, fumes, and other side effects have been disrupting neighborhoods, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • For the first time, there will soon be 100 women in Congress, Slate reports. Democrat Alma Adams won a special election in North Carolina, so she'll take her seat before January's swearing-in ceremony, making her No. 100.
  • Mia Love can boast two firsts: She's the first black Republican woman to be elected to Congress, as well as the first Haitian-American. Love was born to Haitian immigrants in Brooklyn, but she won her seat in Utah—which is less than 1% black—where she moved with her white husband after converting to Mormonism, the Washington Post reports.
  • Republican Joni Ernst also achieved two firsts: She became the first woman elected to Congress in Iowa, CNN reports; the Iraq war veteran will also be the Senate's first female veteran, USA Today reports. Another first: Her race against Bruce Braley, in which a total of $78 million was spent between both sides, was the most expensive one in the state's history.
  • ABC News runs down a number of other firsts, including more wins for women and African-Americans, and notes that West Virginia also elected a Latino to Congress for the first time. Republican Alex Mooney's mom was a Cuban refugee once jailed for opposing Fidel Castro.
  • Also according to ABC, an incumbent Pennsylvania governor lost his re-election bid for the first time in state history when Tom Corbett lost to Democrat Tom Wolf.
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