While we’ve been left reeling from last night’s election results, with some folks ready to pack up and make the move to Canada, we have at least one reason to stay in the good ol’ USA. During the wild twists and turns of last night’s political rollercoaster, history was made. Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina EVER to be voted into the Senate. Woo!

Catherine Cortez Mast

Hailing from Nevada, Catherine served as the state’s Attorney General for eight years, and though she obviously has the experience, it was a tight race to take over the seat of Senator Harry Reid. Winning by a wildly small 2.4 percentage points, the new Democratic Senator barely beat out her Republican competitor, Joe Heck.

Before her epic win, Catherine tweeted, “As a lifelong Nevadan, it would be an honor to become our state’s first female and our nation’s first Latina senator. Let’s make history!”

And history was made!

After her win, Catherine tweeted again, saying, “I’m proud to be Nevada’s 1st female and our nation’s 1st Latina senator. It’s about time our government mirrors the diversity of our nation.” We totally agree.

Congratulations, Catherine!

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(h/t HelloGiggles; photos via Ethan Miller/Getty)