Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into US Congress

Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into US Congress

Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into US Congress

Joining Davids as one of the first Indigenous women elected to Congress was fellow Democrat Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who will represent New Mexico's first district.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress.

This cycle, the first since the defeat of the first female major party presidential candidate, many women ran without being asked.

Women won big in the US midterm elections on Tuesday (November 6), with USA media predicting more than 100 women winning election or re-election in races across the country. Davids was up against incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress: Ilhan Omar, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war, and Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

Ms Omar was born in Somalia but spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp as civil war tore apart her home country.

Asma Mohammed and Ashley Fairbanks celebrate as results come in at Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar's election night headquarters in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

In Michigan, Muslim Rashida Tlaib from Detroit won the congressional seat long held by Democratic John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

"This was my time to run and not sit on the sidelines", Ms Tlaib said. "The significance of history is not lost on me". "But more importantly people got something different".

Liberal groups heralded the positive impact women had on the election and said it will be felt on the legislation front as well after the new U.S. Congress convenes next year.

Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans. "Ilhan Omar. So many of us, we're all mums", she said. He also holds right-leaning views on gun control and abortion, which helped in a solid-red state.

Women won more seats than ever before in the US House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country, fueled by Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump.

Ms Shalala has sought to turn her age into a positive by stressing her experience with this slogan: Ready on Day One. Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress. In the September primary, Pressley defeated longtime Democrat Rep. Michael Capuano.

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data. In July 2004, she took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. - becoming the first woman to command a fighter squadron.

What made her victory even more unlikely was her refusal to accept corporate funding.

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