LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Two ladies broke the “glass ceiling” Tuesday evening by being elected as governor and lieutenant governor of Arkansas, respectively.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be the first girl governor of Arkansas after cruising to an Election Day victory.
“Will probably be the glory of a lifetime to function Arkansas’ 47th governor and the primary feminine governor the state of Arkansas has ever had,” Sanders stated.
Sanders’ longtime buddy Leslie Rutledge would be the first lieutenant governor in Arkansas historical past. Simply eight years in the past, she turned the primary girl lawyer normal within the state.
“My dad likes to say, ‘I take a look at you and see this little woman who went to a public faculty and grew up on a cattle farm,” Rutledge stated.
Sanders’ marketing campaign declined an interview alternative Wednesday, however Rutledge spoke about making historical past within the state.
“Once I was campaigning for lawyer normal [eight years ago], I used to be typically requested, ‘Are you powerful sufficient to do the job?’” Rutledge stated. “I might inform them, ‘Sure. If a lady can get by junior excessive, she will do completely something.’”
Each Sanders and Rutledge are Republicans. Dr. Janine Parry, a political scientist on the College of Arkansas, stated in an interview earlier than the election that the election may have historic significance no matter political affiliation.
“I feel they could pause and simply consider any person who appears like the remainder of America may be, particularly on youthful generations,” Parry stated.
Dr. Chris Jones (D), who was defeated by Sanders within the governor’s race, took time in a press release despatched Wednesday to mirror on what her election means for future generations.
“Sarah’s election has proven ladies, together with my little women, that being a lady is not a barrier to changing into governor in our state,” Jones wrote.
Rutledge stated this election may have ripple results down the road.
“Sure, I’m going to be the primary girl lieutenant governor, and Sarah’s going to be the primary girl governor,” Rutledge stated. “Collectively, we’re going to make a distinction for the state of Arkansas.”