Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo who was born in Winslow, Ariz., is a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, according to their respective campaigns.

Ms Davids, a mixed martial arts fighter, will also be the first openly LGBTQI person to represent the state of Kansas.

Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state.

Rashida Tlaib in MI and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota will be the first Muslim women in Congress. Sharice Davids toppled a Republican man in Kansas and Deb Haaland prevailed in New Mexico, becoming the first Native American women elected to Congress.

In victory speeches across the country, women acknowledged the groundbreaking year.

Ms Omar, a Democrat who served a single term in the Minnesota Legislature, easily won Tuesday's election for the Minneapolis-area congressional district being vacated by Keith Ellison.

In Michigan, Muslim Rashida Tlaib from Detroit won the congressional seat long held by Democratic John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

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Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives for MA - a state with that has a black population of only eight percent. Omar is also the first Somali-American congresswoman, while Tlaib is the chamber's first Palestinian-American. "Ilhan Omar. So many of us, we're all mums", she said.

Blackburn, a conservative lawmaker closely tied to the President, looked to nationalize the Senate race as much as possible, hoping to tap into the same conservatism that elected Trump in order to blunt some goodwill Bredesen had built up during his two terms as governor. The President made three visits to the state for her.

When Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia take their seats in January with the 2018 class, they will be the first Latinas ever to represent Texas in the U.S. House.

The record-breaking number of women on ballots across the country included Republican Marsha Blackburn who was quick to thank voters for electing her the first woman ever to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate.

Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data. "History has been made and we're never going back".

"I believe that every American should have stable, dignified housing; health care; education - that the most very basic needs to sustain modern life should be guaranteed in a moral society".

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