U.S. elects record number of women to House

U.S. elects record number of women to House

U.S. elects record number of women to House

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.

A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress.

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Youngest Woman In Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rocked the political world when she defeated Joe Crowley, a 10-term congressman who politicos thought would take over for House Minority Leader.

■In Texas, Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both won their House races, becoming the first Hispanic women from their state to serve in Congress. Escobar will serve the Sixteenth District, while Garcia will represent the Twenty-Ninth District. Women make up roughly a third of the Democratic caucus, so they'll have a more powerful voice in the majority than Republicans had when they controlled the House, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Female candidates won congressional seats and governorships in record numbers Tuesday night.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, could be the youngest woman elected to Congress, and represented a surge of Democrats challenging more senior and established members of the party.

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. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who cruised to an easy victory in New York's 14th District, will be the youngest member of the House at age 29 - but only just behind Abby Finkenauer, who won in Iowa's 1st District and is also 29. She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA.

"This is something new we saw from women candidates: they are not trying to focus on their resumes and tout their accomplishments and push their families aside", she said. The attorney general is out, was he fired, did he resign, who knows?

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot.

As of early Wednesday, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, surpassing the previous record of 84. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

Colorado voters chose Democratic US Representative Jared Polis to serve as their next governor, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to serve as the chief executive of a US state.

Tuesday's record wins for women happened not only in congressional races but all the way down the ballot, which could later set them up to run for higher office in the future.

White women have been a target of attack by progressives all year, but many such complaints surfaced during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was falsely accused of sexual harassment in October. Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies. Republican women like Kristi L. Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.

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