New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

Women were also elected governors in Iowa, Maine and South Dakota for the first time, as well as in the territory of Guam.

According to The Hill, "more than twice as many women ran for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections than in 2016".

"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.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress.

The newcomer had edged out longtime Congressman Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary earlier this year.

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat.

In addition to the number of women overall, there were a ton of historic gains.

First Korean-American woman elected to Congress: Republican Young Kim of California won a close race that secures her place as the first Korean-American woman elected as United States representative.

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.

Sharice Davids, congresswoman-elect for Kansas' 3rd district.Deb Haaland, congresswoman-elect for New Mexico's 1st district.

Many jumped into politics, outraged that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, often considered the most qualified presidential candidate in history, while boasting of grope and accused of sexual misconduct. "Democrats took the House back because of women voters".

Women won gubernatorial races in nine states. Several were first-time candidates. "Now it's people of every imaginable ethnicity and many, many more women". Tlaib also becomes the first Palestinian-American in Congress and Omar the first Somali-American. About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat in the race, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican candidate.

First Hispanic woman to Congress from Texas: There are two women in Texas whose victories will make them the first Hispanic women from the Lone Star state to go to Congress. Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both secured election victories. The share of women identifying as Democrats or leaning Democratic is up 4 percentage points since 2015 and is at one of its highest points since 1992.

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