Saturday, 17 November, 2018

A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress Boston Globe via Getty Images Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress
Andrew Cummings | 09 November, 2018, 22:54

Going into the midterm elections, 19 per cent of the Governor, Senate and House seats were held by women.

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot.

And it appears to have come true.

Davids, on the other hand, defeated Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder in the race for Kansas' third Congressional District.

- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: America's youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Omar is a former Somali refugee who spent the last four years as a state legislator pushing a progressive agenda, including a US$15 minimum wage and subsidising higher education costs for low-income students.

According to one cost-of-living calculator, housing in D.C.is about 40 percent more expensive than it is in the Bronx borough of New York City, a part of which makes up the district Ocasio-Cortez will represent.

Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress. Nuñez, 47, told NBC News during the closing days of the campaign that being chosen as Lieutenant Governor is "a huge source of pride for me, for my family, but most importantly for my community.".She was born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents and is now Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives.

"We have made history tonight", she told cheering supporters after the result was confirmed.

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Abby Finkenauer, congresswoman-elect for Iowa's 1st district.Cindy Axne, congresswoman-elect for Iowa's 3rd district.

One more woman will be added to the Senate - either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona.

Many jumped into politics, outraged that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, often considered the most qualified presidential candidate in history, while boasting of grope and accused of sexual misconduct. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat.

The two Democrats are the first Native American women to be elected to Congress. "She will enter Congress as a lawyer and a former mixed martial arts fighter".

In her victory speech in September, she said: "These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress. "Let's get to work!"

"This is something new we saw from women candidates: they are not trying to focus on their resumes and tout their accomplishments and push their families aside", she said. The spotlight in the midterm elections was stolen by female candidates as a lot of them ran for office.

Voters in Virginia, New Jersey and Florida were among those contributing to a historic election, choosing at least eight first-time female candidates for Congress.

The previous House record was 85.

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