Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared with 49 percent who in 2014 said they backed a Democrat in the congressional midterm elections, according to a a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll. The House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley of NY, who is expected to lose her race, made history as the first woman to spend federal campaign funds on childcare.
In January, both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House will feature a far different makeup than previous years, as voter turnout surged this cycle. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.
- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: America's first Muslim women in Congress. Tlaib ran unopposed in the general election, all but guaranteeing the former MI state legislator a seat in Congress. Omar is already a barrier breaker - in 2016, she became the first Somali American legislator in the country.
"Tonight, we reaffirm what an unbelievable state that we live in", he said in his victory speech. Omar will take the seat vacated by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison opted to run for Minnesota attorney general this year.
- Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids: America's first Native American women in Congress. Haaland has a long history in New Mexico State politics and working with native tribes.
"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.
For the first time, a pair of Native American congresswomen are headed to the House, in addition to two Muslim congresswoman.
Before scoring her party's primary victory in August, she made history in Minnesota when she was elected to the state House in 2016, becoming the nation's first Somali-American legislator.
"We're kind of people that just feel like it's really important that we are focused on the gun crisis, focused on health care, focused on all those things that seem to be a divide within the United States Congress right now". Others included Rep. Marsha Blackburn, running for Senate in Tennessee, and Rep. Martha McSally, who sought to replace retiring Sen.
Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer.
As of 2:45 a.m., 95 women have won seats in the 116th Congress, with 4 races yet to be called in which both candidates are female, meaning there will be at least 99 women reporting to work at the Capitol in January of next year.
The lopsided victory for Ocasio-Cortez is hardly a surprise, given the deep blue nature of her Brooklyn district.