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07 November 2018, 09:57 | Devin Moran
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress
The 2016 election of Republican President Donald Trump despite multiple sexual misconduct allegations and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct have energized Democratic women in particular to seek office and vote.
"This is truly the year of the woman everywhere", Tom Perez, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said at an election night party in Washington as results trickled in on Tuesday night. Several were first-time candidates. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the Georgia governor's race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp.
Regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.
- Ayanna Pressley: Massachusetts' first black woman in Congress. Pressley's seat in Congress was all but assured after she upset longtime Democratic incumbent Michael E. Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th district.
With ballots still being counted across the country, women have won 75 seats and are assured of victory in nine districts where women are the only major-party candidates. Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator.
"Now you don't have to worry if you're going to call me congressman or congresswoman or congress lady", Blackburn said in her victory speech.
The resignation of former Rep. John Conyers Jr. due to health concerns triggered an open seat, and Tlaib was unopposed in her contest. Bob Corker, a frequent Trump critic. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.
Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents.
Most Americans say women running in record numbers for Congress is a good thing, but there's less consensus about whether they think things will change with more women in office, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and became the first Muslim female member of Michigan's state legislature a decade ago.
A former El Paso county judge, Escobar is committed to fighting for immigrant rights and economic justice in the U.S. -Mexico border community that is her hometown.
- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: America's first Muslim women in Congress. Tlaib ran unopposed in the general election, all but guaranteeing the former MI state legislator a seat in Congress. Omar is already a barrier breaker - in 2016, she became the first Somali American legislator in the country. Holtzman held that distinction for 42 years until Stefanik was elected. This list of Democratic winners ranged from liberal sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY to Jennifer Wexton in Virginia and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida.
The 29-year-old has championed her working class and Puerto Rican roots, moonlighting as a bartender until defeating a Democratic grandee in a party primary earlier this year, capturing imaginations around the country. During the campaign, the Republican acknowledged the historic potential of her candidacy, but preferred to focus on issues rather than gender.
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