History made within the 116th congress

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The number of women that were sworn into office on Thursday January 3rd, 2019 was the largest amount Congress has ever had. A record of 127 women will serve in congress, roughly 24 percent of all the seats, according to the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University. One hundred and six of these women are Democrats and 21 of them are Republican. 25 women will serve in the Senate, 17 Democrats and 8 Republicans.  

Here’s a breakdown of some of the firsts that were sworn-in on this historic day:

IIhan Omar and Rashida TIaib: The first Muslim women in congress.

Omar will represent Minnesota in the House and Tlaib will take over Michigan’s seat that was held by U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. for nearly 53 years.

Omar tweets, “[23] years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington D.C. Today, we return to that same airport on the eve of my swearing in as the first Somali-American in congress,” along with a picture of her and her father pulling suitcases in the airport.

Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids: The first Native American woman to be elected to the House.

During a midterm election a historic number of Native Americans won federal, state, and local offices. Davids won in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District and Haaland won New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District.

Davids ousted Kevin Yoder, a Republican Rep., by nearly a Double Digit margin. She is also the first openly LGBT member of Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The youngest woman ever elected into congress.

A former organizer for Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and an outspoken critic of the President, Donald Trump, has caught the nation’s attention by using her social media to excite this new generation.

She defeated veteran Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York and at 29 years old is the youngest women ever elected into Congress.

Read more about these wonderful people at: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/03/these-are-the-women-making-history-as-the-116th-congress-is-sworn-in.html

As the 116th Congress is sworn in, there are going to be lots of changes happening on the floor. For example it will have, the most ethnically diverse group ever, different points of view, and a divided government with a majority of Democrats. While this Congress is inching towards reflecting the U.S. population, it’s diverse voices will impact the debate and legislation for the next two years.

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