(1 of ) Sonoma's first female mayor Joan McGrath Waterhouse (right) was elected by the city council on April 17, 1956. Here she is chatting over the air with the mayor of Sonoma’s sister city in France on the eve of the 1959 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival. (Sonoma Index Tribune Archives)
(2 of ) Helen Rudee in her Santa Rosa home, Friday, February 8, 2013. Rudee was the first woman on the board of supervisors.
(Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)
(3 of ) From left, Sonoma County Supervisors Susan Gorin, Shirlee Zane and Lynda Hopkins spoke about becoming the board's first female majority at a forum sponsored by KBBF 89.1FM in collaboration with Sonoma County Chapter of the National Organization for Women and radio program Womenâ€™s Spaces in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
(4 of ) Former Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo was the first Latino elected to countywide office. He was first elected in 2008 to represent the 5th District. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2016
(5 of ) Donna Born was the first woman mayor of Santa Rosa. Shot on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 for fall Santa Rosa magazine. ( Press Democrat / Charlie Gesell )
(6 of ) Esther Lemus, a Sonoma County deputy district attorney, is the first Latina elected to the Windsor Town Council.
Ricardo Ibarra / La Prensa Sonoma
(7 of ) Lee Pierce made history in 2004 as the first African-American on the Santa Rosa City Council. (Courtesy photo)
(8 of ) Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Ernesto Olivares. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
(9 of ) Cotati council member Janet Orchard voices her opinion about George Barich and the photo he posted of himself in blackface during the city council meeting, Wednesday April 8, 2009.
(10 of ) 3/30/2014:B1: John Sawyer served two consecutive terms on the Santa Rosa City Council, from 2004 through 2012.
PC: Candidate for County Supervisor, 1st District John Sawyer.
(11 of ) Lynda Hopkins, a candidate for Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor, participates in a forum for Latino voters at the Roseland Community Library in Santa Rosa, California on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
(12 of ) Petaluma City Council Member Gabe Kearney speaks at a candidate forum at City Hall on Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
(13 of ) Sebastopol's newly selected mayor Robert Jacobs stands with his local business Peace in Medicine pot dispensary in Sebastopol on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Jacobs is the first mayor in the country to come from the marijuana business community. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)
(14 of ) Petaluma Vice Mayor Tiffany Ren√©e speaks at a candidate forum for the Petaluma City Council at City Hall on Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
(15 of ) Gwen Anderson (center right), become Sebastopol’s first female mayor in 1978. (Courtesy of the Sonoma County Library)
(19 of ) Two women, both Democrats, shared the title of first Native American woman elected to Congress: Sharice Davids, a former White House fellow from Kansas, and Debra Haaland, above, a community activist from New Mexico. Haaland drew parallels between the separation of Native American children and the federal government’s recent border actions with the families of migrants. (AP Photo/Juan Labreche)
(20 of ) Sharice Davids, above, is also the first lesbian Native American to be elected to the House and part of “a rainbow wave” of LGBT candidates in this year’s election. She has criticized the Republican tax bill and called for “a true tax cut for the middle class.” (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
(21 of ) Ilhan Omar above, a Democratic state legislator in Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic former state legislator in Michigan, became the first Muslim women elected to Congress after winning their House races. Omar will also be the first Somali-American to serve in Congress. She has called for gun control, single-payer health care and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
(Mark Vancleave /Star Tribune via AP)
(22 of ) Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American attorney, has championed Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
(23 of ) Jahana Hayes, a school district administrator in Waterbury, Connecticut, will become the first African-American woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. Hayes, a Democrat, was a celebrated former history teacher who was chosen as the National Teacher of the Year in 2016. She will fill the seat previously held by Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat who said she had failed to protect women in her office from sexual harassment and did not seek re-election. (H John Voorhees III/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)
(24 of ) Ayanna Pressley will become the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. She beat a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary and vowed to pursue “activist leadership” to advance a progressive agenda. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
(25 of ) Kristi Noem, a four-term Republican congresswoman who touted her experience working on her family’s farm and her conservative record in office, will be the first female governor of South Dakota. Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for her at a rally in Rapid City on Monday night. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
(26 of ) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman elected to Congress. Like Pressley, she defeated a white male incumbent who had served 10 terms in a Democratic primary. She will represent New York’s 14th District, which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx. She has never held elected office but attracted support with an uncompromising left-wing platform. She won about 78 percent of the vote against her little-known Republican opponent. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
(27 of ) Two Democratic women in Texas, Veronica Escobar of El Paso, above, and Sylvia Garcia of Houston, will be the state’s first Latinas to serve in the House of Representatives. Escobar, a top elected official in El Paso County, will replace Rep. Beto O’Rourke, whose spirited challenge for Senate against Ted Cruz fell short Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
(28 of ) Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia speaks during the general session at the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.The victories of her and Escobar, both in seats previously held by Democrats, reflect the shifting demographics in Texas, particularly in urban areas.Garcia was a member of the Texas Senate.(AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
(29 of ) Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican closely allied with President Donald Trump, will be Tennessee’s first female senator. She is fiercely anti-abortion and stressed border security and taxes. Trump visited Tennessee to campaign for Blackburn three times, most recently at a rally in Chattanooga on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
(30 of ) Jared Polis, a wealthy Democratic congressman in Colorado, became the first openly gay man elected as governor in any state. He wants to push for single-payer health care and renewable energy. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via AP)
(31 of ) Janet Mills, the Democratic state attorney general of Maine, will be its first female governor. (She was also the first woman elected as the state’s attorney general.) The former prosecutor was elected to the state Legislature in 2002 and has vowed to combat the opioid epidemic and ensure access to health care. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)