Amid the victories for Republicans in both strengthening their control of the House of Representatives and regaining leadership in the Senate are two lesser covered victories. Blacks, females, and youth, demographics that have struggled to secure their right to vote during various times in our nation’s history, can celebrate major victories: Tim Scott and the youngest female Congressman.

In South Carolina, Tim Scott became the first black senator to be elected in the South since Reconstruction. We’re looking at over a century that has passed since blacks made inroads in politics following the end of slavery and the freedom of an entire race. Scott is also the first black to be elected to both the House and the Senate.

Scott was appointed to office two years ago when Senator Jim DeMint resigned and this election was to fill the last two years of DeMint’s term. Scott has a tremendous story of being born into poverty to a single mom who worked 16-hours days just to raise him and his brother. A Chick-fil-A restaurant owner took Scott under his wing and taught him values of self-reliance and hard work –also keeping him out of trouble and setting him on the path to becoming a productive member of society.

CNN captured his tweets from last night and they tell it all:

@votetimscott: In South Carolina, in America, it takes a generation to go from having a grandfather who is picking cotton, to a grandson in Congress.

@votetimscott: We are thankful for those trailblazers who came before us and said the status quo was not enough. I stand on the shoulders of giants.

@votetimscott: Our values and our issues are central. The most important things we have to offer are on the inside. This is the testament to progress made.

@votetimscott: I want to speak to the future leaders of America. Don't let anyone define you but you. You have a responsibility to be yourself. Be proud.

And then from upstate New York, Elise Stefanik, shattered a record last night by becoming the youngest women ever elected to Congress at just 30 years old. Stefanik, a Harvard graduate and “veteran” of the George W. Bush Administration, breaks the record of fellow New Yorker Democrat Elizabeth Holtzman who was 31 when she was elected in 1973.

The Business Insider reports:

Stefanik is the first Republican to win the district, which had been held by retiring Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, since 1990.

"I didn't think I was ever going to run for office," Stefanik told Business Insider recently. "But I was disappointed in the 2012 elections. I think we need new candidates who are able to talk about a positive vision to getting our economy moving again. Specifically in upstate New York, where young people are leaving in historic numbers for lack of jobs."

She added: "We need new, fresh candidates. We need candidates who are able to reach out to young voters, women voters. I don't look like a normal congressional candidate."

These two elections are just a taste of the new faces in the conservative movement. The ideas of personal responsibility, independence, hard work, freedom, and opportunity are common values that many Americans espouse. However, large demographics of women, young people, and people of color have been co-opted by liberals.

We now have a few new messengers to carry the messages and fight for policies that will get Americans working, entrepreneurs taking risks without over-handed government regulation, higher costs for business thanks to ObamaCare and minimum wage hikes, and other policies that may be well-meaninged but do far more harm than good.

Americans don’t need Washington telling them how to raise their families, how much kids should eat in school, how to get onto a welfare highway with no exit ramp to self-reliance, or how they need government dictating and controlling their livelihoods.

When given freedom and opportunity, the creativity, ingenuity, passion, and commitment comes out of Americans. Let us hope that last night’s election will be a message to the President and a reminder to his cohorts in Congress that their policies don’t work and we don’t need more of them.