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GRACE: Youngest Person Elected To Congress Passes Baton To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

GRACE: Youngest Person Elected To Congress Passes Baton To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Now there are 84 women serving in the House of Representatives, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Her win beats the previous record held by Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a former White House aide to president George W. Bush who was first elected to an upstate NY constituency in 2014 aged 30. Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress. CT and MA each elected their first African American women into Congress.

Pressley, a Democrat and Boston city councilwoman, will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress. Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and ran unopposed in the general.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress.

Women hold 23 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats, and this year 23 women are on the ballot for the chamber.

Omar is a former Somali refugee who spent the last four years as a state legislator pushing a progressive agenda, including a US$15 minimum wage and subsidising higher education costs for low-income students.

At least 99 women will represent Americans in the House, surpassing the previous record of 84.




America's first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis was elected to take the helms of Colorado, while Sharice Davids, became both the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in the June congressional primary in NY shook up Washington and the Democratic Party.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state. Several were first-time candidates.

Among them is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country.

Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.

On Tuesday night Democrats won control of the House, delivering a major blow to Trump in the first election since he became president in 2016.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues. Tlaib, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, faced two opponents in the race: Green Party candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon and Working Class Party candidate Sam Johnson. White women with college degrees voted strongly for Democrats, by 22 points. The vast majority of women elected are Democrats.