Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into US Congress

08 November, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Congresswoman elect Ayanna Pressley greets volunteers at the Cambridge Democratic Headquarters

Also in the House, Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators as part of historic firsts following Tuesday's midterm elections.

Ilhan Omar, congresswoman-elect for Minnesota's 5th district.Rashida Tlaib, congresswoman-elect for Michigan's 13th district.

She stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday. A projected win for Tennessee Republican Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn came the same night as the projected loss for North Dakota Democratic Sen.

These six women along with dozens more congressional candidates, led to the Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives.

Letitia James is the first black woman elected to a statewide office in NY.

But for Congresswoman-Elect Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), it is important to keep what is happening in perspective, and not whitewash the wrongdoing of fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions - a sentiment she made clear to CNN's Chris Cuomo. There are still two outstanding races that have two women competing against each other, which means that at least 100 women will be serving in the House next year.

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The new class of women elected to the 116th Congress will add gender and racial diversity to the body overall and to their state-level delegations.

Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are the first Latinas to represent the state of Texas in the House of Representatives, after the state has sent more than 300 people to lower body of Congress since it joined the union in 1845. Sharice Davids, who won a House seat in a conservative Kansas district, is an openly gay Native American lawyer with a background in mixed martial arts fighting.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala noted that both of her opponents in the race for a House seat from Florida were women.

She is a Democratic-Socialist who served on the state legislature from 2009 to 2014 and ran her congressional primary campaign supporting Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing Ice.

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. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively. Fifty-nine of the candidates were Republican, and 197 were Democrats. "Have the awkward conversations, take the emotional labor off the backs of women who have more on their g***amn plate than we ever will. Do".

"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian". Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control. Women won at the state level across the country as well - in gubernatorial races, Laura Kelly beat notorious vote suppressor Kris Kobach in Kansas, Gretchen Whitmer beat Bill Schuette in MI, and Michelle Lujan Grisham beat Steve Pearce in New Mexico.

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