Provisional results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) showed that Wanga won the race with 244,559 votes.
Her closest competition, former Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero came second with 154,182 while United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party’s Mark Raudi came in third with 1,244 votes.
Former Kasipul Kabondo Member of Parliament Oyugi Magwanga will serve as Wanga’s deputy.
Wanga goes down in history as the youngest female governor and the first governor in the Nyanza region.
She was the first woman ODM chairperson in Homa Bay and also the first to head the powerful National Assembly Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning.
Speaking during her campaigns Wanga promised Homa Bay residents she would use devolved resources to improve the lives of the people and develop the county.
“As a younger person, I believe I have an opportunity to create a legacy, not one that I leave but one that I live, in the sense that when I do wrong, I get to live so many years to see the wrong, and when I do right, I live to see the good I would have done,” she stated.
Wanga had exuded confidence in winning owing to the vigorous campaigns she had mounted in the county.
The Homa Bay governor-elect credits her passion for public service to her father, a former councillor and chairman of the now-defunct Kisumu County Council.
She revealed that she got involved in politics at the early age of five when she would help in distributing ‘salt’ to villagers during her father’s election campaigns.
Wanga would also accompany her father to political functions and meetings.
Her brother, is also a politician, and served as a member of the Kisumu county assembly and chaired the Committee on Implementation.