Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman elected to Congress


Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America's first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives.

Americans elected a record number of women to the U.S. House in the 2018 midterms.

"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.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer. With the win, Rojas said, the progressive movement challenging the establishment of the Democratic Party has shown it "can unseat Democrats who are ideologically and demographically out-of-touch with their voters and forced Democratic elected across the country to stiffen their spines".

Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator. Davids, a lawyer who will also be Kansas' first openly gay member of Congress, defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder by nine points in a state that was handily won by Trump in 2016.

The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.

Before that, the last record was last set by former Democratic representative Elizabeth Holtzman in Brooklyn, who won a seat in the House in 1972 when she was 31 years old and took her seat in 1973.

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Voters in Kansas chose Democrat Sharice Davids - she'll be the first Native American Congresswoman.

When Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia take their seats in January with the 2018 class, they will be the first Latinas ever to represent Texas in the U.S. House.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates.

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Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman.

More than 100 women were elected to United States legislative office in mid-term elections Tuesday. White women with college degrees voted strongly for Democrats, by 22 points.

A majority of women identify as Democrats or lean Democratic at 56 percent, while 37 percent affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.

Democrat women flipped MI and Kansas, defeating male Republican incumbents. These six women along with dozens more congressional candidates, led to the Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives. "Tonight, just in suburban Philadelphia, in the Lehigh Valley where I'm speaking from, four women won in a really tight area".