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The first Muslim congresswoman, first openly gay man elected governor, youngest woman ever elected to Congress, and more history was made Tuesday night in the midterm races.

The big picture: This was already teed up to be a major election, with Democrats poised to take the House and the country having the first chance since 2016 to send a message to Congress. But individual races opened the door for more diversity in national politics.

Ilhan Omar, first Somali-American congresswoman
Graphic: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Rashida Tlaib, first Muslim congresswoman
Graphic: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Jared Polis, first openly gay man to win a governor race
Graphic: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, youngest women ever elected
Graphic: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Sharice Davids, first lesbian Native American in Congress
Graphic: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Chris Pappas, New Hampshire's first openly gay member of Congress
Graphic: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Deb Haaland, first Native American woman in the House
Graphic: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

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Second senior Matt Gaetz aide resigns amid federal investigation

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) walking out of the Capitol in January 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Devin Murphy, Rep. Matt Gaetz's legislative director, has stepped down amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations against the Florida Republican congressman, the New York Times first reported and Axios has confirmed.

The latest: "It's been real," Murphy wrote in an email, obtained by Axios, to Republican legislative directors on Saturday morning, with the subject line: "Well...bye."

Rep. Dan Crenshaw says he'll be blind for a month after eye surgery

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) in Washington, D.C., in December 2020. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said in a statement Saturday he will be blind for roughly a month after getting surgery to reattach the retina in left eye.

Why it matters: Crenshaw, who lost his right eye and sustained severe damage to his left eye during his third deployment to Afghanistan in 2012, said he will be "pretty much off the grid for the next few weeks."