Women in Congress breaks record with 2018 midterm elections

Aaron Brown
November 8, 2018

At that rate, we can expect the number of women in the House to go as high as about 110 when the 14 remaining face-offs are called.

At least 99 women will represent Americans in the House, surpassing the previous record of 84.

Minnesota Democratic Congressional Candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively.

Republicans have held the South Dakota governor's mansion for decades - the last Democrat was elected all the way back in 1978 - but Noem will still make history in 2019 as the first female governor.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress.

The vice president took to Twitter to congratulate his brother, who easily won the solidly Republican and heavily white district in the Midwestern state.

Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member.

She told how she had asked her daughter Maggie, the oldest of her four young children, if she was "OK with this". Omar, who came to the United States as a refugee, will be the first Somali-American in Congress. Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women elected to Congress.

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Davids - who was raised by a single mother Army veteran - won a district that includes Kansas City and its southern suburbs.

In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam's governor, becoming the first woman to do so.

Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made history in the USA midterm elections, becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez shocked many in NY politics, including herself, when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic congressional primary last spring.

"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.

"There is nothing inherently noble about protecting a status quo that does not serve the needs of working-class Americans, " Ocasio-Cortez said. Democrats celebrated the victory as Guerrero's win also meant a blue flip for the USA island territory. Davids' win in Kansas against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder was a pickup for Democrats, which projects to gain control of the House.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator.

Arizona will send a woman - either Democratic representative Kyrsten Sinema or Republican representative Martha McSally - to the Senate for the first time.

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