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POC and Women Have Historic Firsts in the House

POC and Women Have Historic Firsts in the House

Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, and they’ll go into the 116th Congress with an advantage of about a dozen seats. The win was propelled, in part, by women of color, some of whom made history with their election to the lower chamber. Having historic wins in the House were Democrats Sharice Davids, KS Third Congressional District, and Deb Haaland, NM First Congressional District, who are the first Native American women ever elected to Congress; Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat in MI’s 13th Congressional District, and Ilhan Omar, a Democrat in MN’s 5th Congressional District, who are the first Muslim women elected to Congress; Democrats Verónica Escobar, TX 16th Congressional District, and Sylvia García, TX 29th Congressional District, are the first Latinas elected to Congress from the Lone Star State; Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat in MA’s 7th Congressional District, who is the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts; Jahana Hayes, a Democrat in CT’s 5th Congressional District, who is the first Black woman elected to Congress from Connecticut; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY 14th Congressional District, who is the youngest member ever elected to Congress. Also making history was Joe Neguse, a Democrat in CO’s Second Congressional District, who is the first African American ever elected to Congress from Colorado. Other members of Congress-elects of color include former NFL players Tony González, a Republican in OH’s 16th Congressional District, and Colin Allred, a Democrat in the TX’s 32nd Congressional District who beat incumbent Congressman Pete Sessions; Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Democrat in FL’s 26th Congressional District, who beat incumbent Congressman Carlos CurbeloDonna Shalala, a Democrat in FL’s 27th Congressional District, who flipped the seat left open by retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Chuy García, a Democrat in IL’s 4th Congressional District, who fills the seat left open by retiring Congressman Luis GutíerrezLauren Underwood, a Democrat in IL’s 14th Congressional District; Steven Horsford, a Democrat in NV’s 4th Congressional District, who makes his return to Congress; and Antonio Delgado, a Democrat in NY’s 19th Congressional District. More on all the election results here.

DOJ Shifted Election Monitoring from Black to Hispanic Counties

DOJ Shifted Election Monitoring from Black to Hispanic Counties

Too Close to Call

Too Close to Call