Alex Morse on Tuesday was elected mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, making the 22-year-old the nation's youngest gay mayor.

While attending Brown University, Morse worked three years for Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline when he was mayor of Providence.

“Alex Morse, my mentee, elected tonight as Mayor of Holyoke, Ma.” Cicilline tweeted. “Congrats, Alex! A visionary, committed, new young leader for his city.”

Holyoke, a city of nearly 40,000 residents, is considered part of the greater Springfield metropolitan area.

Morse enjoyed the endorsement of the Lesbian & Gay Victory Fund, a bipartisan group devoted to electing openly gay candidates.

“Alex is a force of nature, and proof that young LGBT Americans are determined to live authentic lives as they build their careers,” said Chuck Wolfe, president of the Victory Fund. “We're incredibly proud of the campaign he ran.”

“This is an incredible moment, not just for the campaign, but for the city of Holyoke,” Morse told supporters in his Tuesday victory speech. “This campaign has been an incredible journey, and this is just the beginning.”

“We need to make sure that no matter when, no matter where we live, no matter what language we speak, no matter what we look like – we are always proud to call Holyoke home,” he added.