Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman elected to Congress

Erika Holt
November 8, 2018

Many were by spurred by Mr Trump's treatment of women and the #MeToo movement along with wider fallout from the 2016 election, in which the first female major party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, faced attacks based on her gender.

Women will break the current record of 84 serving at the same time in the U.S. House.

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.

At 28 years old, Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic Socialist ideals of Medicare for all and free public college tuition have captured the attention of a younger liberal crowd.

After upsetting incumbent Jeff Klein in the Democratic primaries earlier this year, Alessandra Biaggi has won the 34th District state Senate seat. Her win galvanized progressives across the country. "Ilhan Omar. So many of us, we're all mums", she said. Their lesson from the last election was that "if Donald Trump is president, anybody can be president so I should run too, for at least Congress or state legislature". "The significance of history is not lost on me".

Colorado voters chose Democratic US Representative Jared Polis to serve as their next governor, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to serve as the chief executive of a US state.

In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib. Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress.

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She will also be the nation's first Somali-American elected to Congress: She was born in Somalia and spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp during Somalia's civil war.

The victory made her the national face of young, discontented Democrats - often women and minorities - trying to drag their party to the left.

"In district after district and led by a huge turnout from women voters, seats have been flipped - ousting Republicans who have failed their constituents and electing women at a record-setting pace to take their places", said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, a political organization that helps elect Democratic women. Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are Texas' first Latina congresswomen.

Women also were on the ballot for governor in 16 states this year.

"Now you don't have to worry if you're going to call me congressman or congresswoman or congress lady", Blackburn said in her victory speech. "Now, senator will do". Missouri's Claire McCaskill and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp were both vulnerable as Democrats in deep red states, and a lot of people are pointing to their votes against Brett Kavanaugh as what cost them their elections.

Young women made their voices heard, as well, with two-thirds of voters younger than 30 voting for Democrats for Congress, compared with 32 per cent who voted for Republicans, according to exit polls. "This could be the beginning of a decade of the woman where you have more women running and moving up because you filled the pipeline". "They ignored the party bosses who said they should wait their turn". "Now they will do so in Congress in numbers America has never seen before".

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