Republican senatorial candidate Katie Britt has made history in the Great State of Alabama.
The 40-year-old self-described “mama on a mission” has become the first woman elected a U.S. senator in the state, according to projections showing she captured around two-thirds of the vote over Democratic opponent Will Boyd.
“You are going to see headlines about me being the first woman ever elected to the United States Senate from this state of Alabama. You’ll hear that I may be the youngest Republican woman in history elected to the U.S. Senate,” Britt told supporters in Montgomery on Tuesday. “Or maybe that I’m the only Republican female with school-aged children in this Senate — these are all kinds of firsts.
“I am humbled, I am honored and grateful. I want you to know I understand what a tremendous responsibility these milestones carry and I do not take that lightly,” she noted further.
“We have far too many politicians in Washington that only want to gripe about things and do nothing to actually solve the problems,” Britt added. “What I want you to hear from me tonight is that I want to be part of the solution. It’s not lost on me that that’s likely why Alabama is sending a momma to the U.S. Senate – you know to actually get things done.”
Britt replaces retiring Sen. Richard Shelby, whom she worked for at one point as his chief of staff. Shelby held his seat for 35 years, Fox News Digital reported, adding:
Britt ran under the banner of “Alabama First” and secured the GOP nomination after a heated primary. She was first in the initial round of voting and then defeated six-term Rep. Mo Brooks in a primary runoff.
Initially, former President Donald Trump endorsed Brooks, but after his campaign faltered and his fundraising was subpar, he rescinded it and endorsed Britt.
In her victory speech, Britt acknowledged Shelby, thanked him, and called him “Alabama’s greatest statesman” who left a lasting legacy in the state.
“I am going to tackle challenges head on,” Britt told supporters Tuesday. “I am going to look at the things staring us in the face, whether it is inflation or crime, the border crisis, the opioid epidemic, making sure that we expand mental health and that people have access to high-speed Internet. I am going to support peace through strength, ensuring that our incredible men and women in uniform are the best equipped, resourced and trained in the world.”