Midterms Usher Wave Of Young, Democratic Women Of Color Into House

09 November, 2018, 08:42 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins election to New York’s 14th congressional district

(2) Kristi Noem became the first woman in South Dakota history to be elected governor.

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot. We spoke with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about her plans for Congress.

The result is nevertheless impressive for the 28-year-old former bartender and self-described democratic socialist, who rocketed onto the national stage by knocking off 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in June's Democratic primary.

"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 running for office this year. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats. U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn defeated the state's former Governor, Democrat Phil Bredesen.

The age barrier was cracked on Tuesday as well, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, 29, earning her spot as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Also Massachusetts, Democrat Ayanna Pressley will be the first woman of colour in her state's congressional delegation.

Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman. 65 of those are incumbent reps, with 31 newly elected women. Flake is scheduled to give a talk at the Forbes 30 under 30 event in Boston after recently calling for a one week pause in the confirmation process to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate sexual assault allegations.

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Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates. Thus far, 82 of the 94 women elected to the House this year, as well as nine of the 12 elected to the Senate, are Democrats.

For the first time, a pair of Native American congresswomen are headed to the House, in addition to two Muslim congresswoman.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and refuses to concede at her election night headquarters at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Nov. 6, 2018.

"It was really on the shoulders of women voters that Democrats had the momentum to take back the House", she said.

But what will more women in office mean? Women are also more likely to identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey.

"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader, said.

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