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Rep. Mazie Hirono Becomes First Asian-American Elected to U.S. Senate

Rep. Mazie Hirono [D-Hawaii] made political history, on Tuesday, when she became the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, reports

Rep. Hirono defeated former Republican Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, who famously took heat for years from Tea Party groups for verifying President Obama's birth certificate.

Rep. Hirono said in a statement: "Clearly the Senate needs more diversity. We don't even have parity regarding women. We have a ways to go."

Hawaii Democrat Senator Daniel Inouye supported Rep. Hirono, as did EMILY's List, an activist group which helps pro-choice Democratic women.

After winning, Rep. Hirono made a reference to her mentor, the late Rep. Patsy Mink, who was the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress: "I know that Patsy's looking down on me and saying, 'You go girl!' She ran for Senate, she ran for president, she ran for mayor, she ran for governor. She lost all those races. Here's a model of a woman who did not give up. That's the model I have."


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