Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the United States is sending more women than ever before to the House of Representatives.

Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas became the first Native American women ever elected to Congress.

Though a few months older than Ocasio-Cortez, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, along with fellow candidate Cindy Axne, won a different distinction as the first women Iowa has ever sent to the House.

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA. With the win, Rojas said, the progressive movement challenging the establishment of the Democratic Party has shown it "can unseat Democrats who are ideologically and demographically out-of-touch with their voters and forced Democratic elected across the country to stiffen their spines". Women held 84 out of 435 House seats, a record Aljazeera reported.

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY, was previously the youngest, elected in 2014 at age 30. Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy came out as gay while he was in office, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who is bisexual, won in 2016, but Jared Polis will be the first man to win a governorship as an out gay man. Polis has been in Congress since 2009.

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After some key Republican victories, Ingraham concluded that the reason Republicans were winning was that they've embraced President Trump, whereas the reason Democrats were losing was that they've become the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who was elected to Congress Tuesday.

Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are Texas' first Latina congresswomen.

There are also now nine female governors, matching the record set in 2004.

Beyond the Bay State, voters in other states picked Native American and immigrant women as their representatives. An overwhelming majority of Americans, almost 8 in 10, said it's important to elect more women to public office. South Dakota Republican US Representative Kristi Noem and Maine Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills were both elected to serve as governors of their home states.

In her victory speech in September, she said: "These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".

The last time women voted for Democrats anywhere near that margin was more than 30 years ago.

"When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don't just talk about a glass ceiling - what they describe is a concrete one".

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