History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar are the country's first Muslim women in Congress. Ayanna Pressley is Massachusetts' first Black congresswoman.

Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman to represent MA in Congress and will occupy the seat held by such lions as JFK and Tip O'Neill.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress.

Some of the big wins for Democrats on Tuesday were experienced leaders, like Michigan's Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer, who led the Democrats in the state Senate, or Kansas's Gov. -elect Laura Kelly, who has served in the Kansas state Senate since 2005.

The first Native American women have also been elected to Congress, with Democrats Deb Haaland winning in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas. At 29, she is the youngest woman elected to Congress.

The Democrats have flipped the house while the Republicans will continue to hold on to the Senate following the midterm elections in the United States.

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Polis won the race for Colorado governor and will become the first openly gay man to enter a governor's mansion anywhere in America. As EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock points out to BuzzFeed News, this incoming class of women will include the youngest (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29) and the oldest (Donna Shalala, 77) in its ranks. She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA. Months later, as a GOP legislature attempted to repeal the ACA, women activists made hundreds of thousands of phone calls to their representatives and confronted them at angry town halls.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Representative Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women who have run for office this year.

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House.

Some conservatives on social media saw the irony of blaming white women for voting for a Hispanic candidate, simply because he's Republican. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively. According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate: about 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican. And in several cases, the result was preordained one way or another because both major party candidates in a given race were women, as in the Arizona Senate contest.

For the first time in history, more than 100 women won races for Congress, and at least nine won governorship. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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