In a midterm election cycle heralded as the "Year of the Woman" because of the record number of female candidates for office and the surging #MeToo movement, women delivered a generally harsh verdict regarding Trump's first two years in office. Across the country, candidates made history.
In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib. Women are also more likely to identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey. While 75 seats have already been won by women, they are also assured of victory in nine districts where they are the only major-party candidates.
Jahana Hayes, congresswoman-elect for Connecticut's 5th district. Rep. Abby Finkenauer joined Ocasio-Cortez in also becoming one of the youngest women ever elected to Congress. She is a member of Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin. Omar and Tlaib have worked with each other throughout their campaigns. According to an in depth report by the New York Times, James victory as the attorney general of New York marked the first time a woman in New York is elected attorney general, the first African-American woman to be elected to statewide office and the first Black person to serve as New York's attorney general.
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. At least 95 women won seats in the House Wednesday morning, breaking a previous record of 84 women, NBC news reported.
Learn more about Underwood below and here. She will replace Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress. Omar fled from civil war in Somalia and arrived in the U.S.at the age of 14.
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"The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like America", said former president Barack Obama, praising the record number of women, a surge in minority lawmakers and record voter turnout.
They include veterans, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, a teacher who grew up the daughter of a drug addict, a one-time bartender and dozens of first-time candidates.
Former National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes bested her opponent on Tuesday, becoming the first black woman to represent CT in Congress, according to AP election data.
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Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman to be elected into the House of Representatives from MA.
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- Marsha Blackburn: First woman elected to the Senate from Tennessee.
Colombian-born Lina Hildago will now serve as a Harris County judge in Houston, TX.