Midterms 2018: Firsts for women in the US House

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

With black candidates in several high-profile races - including gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum of Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia - voters nationally said by 71-24 percent it's important to elect more racial and ethnic minorities to public office and 44 percent say it's very important.

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. "Work hard to encourage the next generation of women who follow!"

"The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like America", said former president Barack Obama, praising the record number of women, a surge in minority lawmakers and record voter turnout.

A lawyer and former MMA fighter, Davids became the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

The "women's wave" included MA, where Democrat Ayanna Pressley was elected by Seventh District voters to be the first African-American woman to represent the state as a House member. He says the role women played in this election lived up to expectations.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever will become even more so after Tuesday's elections, which broke barriers of race and gender.

But with record numbers of women nominated for the house, the Senate and for Governor, Tuesday was always set to be a historic day for women.

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"We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".

At 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, winning New York's 14th District seat.

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.

Ilhan Omar, a democrat, won Minnesota's 5th Congressional district and Michigan House candidate Rashida Tlaib, also a democrat, became the first two Muslim-American women to be elected to Congress. Democrat Ayanna Pressley victory in Massachusetts's 7th District makes her the first black woman ever elected to Congress from Massachusetts, The Hill reported.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas. The data showed that this year, white women split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates for the House, but they preferred Republican candidates in 2010 and 2014.

Chris Pappas just became the first openly gay person to represent the people of New Hampshire.

A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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