#USMidtermElections: Democrats take over House amidst a series of firsts

By Eetika Kapoor | 3:00 PM IST

Highlights

  • Democrats have now won 219 seats for the House of Representatives amidst 435 seats
  • Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar become first muslim women in Congress
  • Jared Poshner first openly gay governor of Colorado
  • Alexandria Ocasio becomes the youngest member of Congress at 28.

The blue flag has been saved from being erased into a state of irrelevance. The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives in the U.S with Republicans retaining their majority in the senate. Mid-terms 2018 are held at two years of the completion of presidency. Currently, Democrats have taken over the House by 219 seats and the Republicans have garnered 193 seats. They have managed to maintain their majority in the Senate.

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1.  Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: First Muslim women elected to Congress

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Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress, AFP reported, citing exit polls. Rashida Tlaib, also Democrat, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, won a House seat in a district where she ran unopposed by a Republican candidate.

2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman elected to Congress

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th District and has now made history as the youngest woman to join Congress.

3. Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are first native American women now part of Congress

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Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, is the first Native American woman elected to Congress, alongside Sharice Davids. Haaland said she will prioritise climate change, as well as a number of other progressive issues, such as Medicare-for-all and debt-free education. Davids is a Cornell Law School graduate and professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, who was raised by a single mother.

4. Jared Polis is the first openly gay governor

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With a net worth of close to $400m, Democrat Jared Polis is already one of the richest members of the House of Representatives but in winning the Colorado gubernatorial contest, he became the first openly gay governor of a state.

5. Ayanna Pressley: Massachusetts’s first black congresswoman

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Democrat Ayanna Pressley surprised many when she upset 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano during Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District primary. She ran uncontested on November 6 to become the state’s first black congresswoman.

6. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia :Texas’s first Latina congresswomen

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Texas has a Hispanic population of over 40% and the inclusion of Sylvia Garcia is a much awaited change. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first women of Latin American origin to represent Texas in the House of Representatives. Escobar was elected to Texas’s 16th District, while Garcia won the state’s 29th District.

7. Lou Leon Guerrero: First female governor of a US territory 

Democrat Lou Leon Guerrero won Tuesday’s election by a broad enough margin that she would not have to face a runoff vote.She became the ninth governor-elect of Guam, which has a population of some 162,000. Her victory marked the first time in 15 years that Democrats controlled the territory’s governorship.

8.  #JustIn: Jacky Rosen wins a senate seat for Democrats in Nevada

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Rep. Jacky Rosen will win her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada,delivering a key Senate pick up for Democrats. Rosen tapped into Nevada’s leftward tilt in recent years in her effort to oust the vulnerable Republican. Democrats have won the last three presidential elections in Nevada. Rosen focused primarily on health care and other local issues, but also tried to tie her opponent to Trump.

The emerging #MeToo movement has played a monumental role in empowering these women in a series of firsts. While we still await on the results for the gubernational state of Georgia with its high profile movement of Stacey Abrahms as the first black women congresswoman from Georgia, women form a majority of the Democrats in America. The senate would now have a strong opponent in the House of Representatives.

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