Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into US Congress

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

MI attorney Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota won their races handily to become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, with Omar being the first Somali-American to join the ranks.

A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress.

The high-profile cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress.

Regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

(3) Marsha Blackburn became the first female US Senator from Tennessee.

For starters, this will be the most female Congress in history, with at least 117 out of 535 seats held by women - and of those, 98 will be Democrats. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

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Bibi, who had been held in solitary confinement, remained Wednesday in a jail in Rawalpindi as officials awaited court orders. Many of those accused of blasphemy are murdered, and advocates of changing the law are also targeted by violence.

Democrats nominated women in key races that helped determine control of the House. Stacey Abrams, one of 16 women running for governor this year, remains in a tight contest in Georgia. 65 of those are incumbent reps, with 31 newly elected women. She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA. New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland and Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. In July 2004, she took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. - becoming the first woman to command a fighter squadron. Mills, a Democrat, previously served as Maine's attorney general.

But other women made gains in the Senate.

In response to these posts, many felt that these comments were not only racially charged, but they were anti-feminist because they essentially relay that white women aren't capable of voting for issues that are important to women.

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House. There was a mix of people of all ages (including one girl genuinely thrilled to be spending her fourth birthday at the event), but overwhelmingly, the staff and volunteers and interns and supporters were young people, many of whom were engaging in politics for the first time and were so excited to be there, and so proud of the work they put in.

In Colorado, Jared Polis will be the country's first openly gay man elected governor. Stratton ran with Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned for an expansion of health care, job creation and early childhood education.

Texas is sending its first ever Hispanic women to congress, as Veronica Escobar snapped up Beto O'Rouke's old seat and state Sen.

"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.

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