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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Women Make Historic Wins in US Midterm Elections

Politics

Meriam H. Helal - 7Dnews Washington

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:59 GMT

The results of the US midterms show many leading women, elected for the first time, and have brought a series of history-making votes marking major accomplishments for women.

The elections are set to break records, with several women poised to make history due to their race or religious beliefs. This reflects the diversity Americans now experience more than ever, in race, gender and religion. Several women have made their way into Congress:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest congresswoman ever  

The 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York’s 14th Congressional district won Tuesday’s election, defeating Republican Anthony Pappas and becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress. She first shocked New York politicians when she defeated 10-term Representative Joe Crowley in the Democratic congressional primary last spring.

Ilhan Omar, the first Somali elected representative

Ilhan Omar, won the race for State Representative for District 60B in Minnesota. She made her mark on history as the first Somali-American elected to Congress and is one of its first Muslim women. Omar served a single term in the Minnesota legislature as a Democrat, and easily won Tuesday’s election for the Minneapolis-area congressional district being vacated by Rep. Keith Ellison.

Omar came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 12, fleeing her home country of Somalia where a civil war was raging. Omar's family eventually settled in Minneapolis, which has one of the largest Somali populations in the US. On winning her first election, Omar said that her district "represents what we as a nation want to be: United in our diversity. Long time residents, East African immigrants and students – we came together and engaged in the political progress." 

Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian elected representative

Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib will become the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress and one of two Muslim women elected to the US House. She will replace Democrat Rep. John Conyers, who resigned from office 11 months ago and will be serving the Detroit area.

Deb Haaland, the first Native American elected to congress 

The New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland became the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Haaland will be serving New Mexico’s 1st District. She will replace New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor.

Veronica Escobar has been elected as El Paso's first woman in Congress and joins Houston's Sylvia Garcia as the first Latinas from Texas to be elected to the US House of Representatives. 


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