History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

The "women's wave" included MA, where Democrat Ayanna Pressley was elected by Seventh District voters to be the first African-American woman to represent the state as a House member.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour means a number of winners will take office as trailblazers.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, became an overnight sensation this summer after her upset primary defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent who was the No. 4 Democrat in the House.

A Republican who served in the House will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate. Women make up roughly a third of the Democratic caucus, so they'll have a more powerful voice in the majority than Republicans had when they controlled the House, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

These six women along with dozens more congressional candidates, led to the Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives.

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.

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

And some history hangs in the balance - in the contentious Georgia governor's race, Stacey Abrams stands to be the first black female governor, and she's waiting until all votes are counted before conceding to her opponent who held a tiny margin ahead of her at press time.

But as young women running to serve in a Congress where they were far outnumbered by older men, they were also just trying to keep each other going.

Some of Tuesday's black female pioneers, like IL nurse and Democrat Lauren Underwood and CT teacher and Democrat Jahana Hayes, were first-time candidates. Davids is also Kansas' first openly gay statewide representative. 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.

For the first time in history, more than 100 women won races for Congress, and at least nine won governorship.

The Hawkeye State has never sent a woman to the House - until now.

White women have been a target of attack by progressives all year, but many such complaints surfaced during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was falsely accused of sexual harassment in October.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezis is the youngest woman elected to Congress.

The historic totals capped off a campaign season in the wake of President Donald Trump's election that was defined in large part by female activism.

Others chose to skip the subtlety, blatantly accusing women who cast votes for Republicans of white supremacy.

"Powered by a massive turnout of women and fuelled by our incredible candidates, House Democrats gained several seats in the heartland", Democratic representative Cheri Bustos of IL said in a statement Tuesday night after House control was called for Democrats. Jason Crow won on a gun control platform in Colorado's 6th District (which includes the site of the Aurora theater shooting).

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