Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman elected to Congress

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2018

We've been talking about the good and the bad of yesterday's election, and there sure is a lot of both, but one great thing we can't stop celebrating is the incredible number of women elected to office. Women held 84 out of 435 House seats, a record Aljazeera reported. Democrats won the national election (despite important setbacks in the US Senate) because of women candidates and women voters. Arizona's race is still too close to call, but either way, the state will be sending its first woman to the Senate (Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Republican Martha McSally.) Marsha Blackburn is Tennessee's first female senator, despite Taylor Swift's endorsement of her Democratic opponent, and by electing Jacky Rosen, Nevada became the fifth state to have two female senators.

The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Polis was also the first openly gay man elected to Congress in 2008.

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Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from MI became the first two Muslim women to win election to Congress.

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That means at least 117 women will serve in the 116th Congress, up from the current 107. But after 20 years of the same representation, we have to ask: "who has NY been changing for?" she asks in a promotional video for her campaign.

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Davids - who was raised by a single mother Army veteran - won a district that includes Kansas City and its southern suburbs. Jim McGreevey, a Democrat and former New Jersey governor, came out while in office in 2004.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected into Congress following her midterm election win Tuesday. Polis, who declared victory late Tuesday night, has always been outspoken in favour of marijuana legalisation. New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Kansas' Sharice Davids and New Mexico's Deb Haaland are the country's first Native American congresswomen.

"There is nothing inherently noble about protecting a status quo that does not serve the needs of working-class Americans, " Ocasio-Cortez said.

She was elected to represent New York's 14th Congressional District by a landslide last night, defeating Republican candidate Anthony Pappas with 78 percent of the vote.

The vice president took to Twitter to congratulate his brother, who easily won the solidly Republican and heavily white district in the Midwestern state.

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