Friday, 16 November, 2018

America's pink wave: women win Congress record

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins election to New York’s 14th congressional district Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Election In a Landslide
Jeannette Daniel | 08 November, 2018, 14:12

Now age 29, she has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Elise Stefanik previously held the record when she was elected to Congress at age 30 in 2014.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing.

"ICE was just established in 2003 and it was established outside of the U.S. Department of Justice, so a lot of this disturbing behavior we are seeing - parents can separated from their children, people getting picked up on the street - it's happening outside of the Justice Department", Ocasio-Cortez said in the June interview.

"I am so honoured to share both the ballot and the stage with the many visionary, bold women who have raised their hand to run for public office", said Ayanna Pressley, who became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.

A lawyer and former MMA fighter, Davids became the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

Another two Democrats made history as the first Latinas elected to Congress from Texas, a deeply red state. He says the role women played in this election lived up to expectations. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men.

Ocasio-Cortez is also part of a historic number of women ― and a dramatic increase in women of colour specifically ― who won nominations in the 2018 midterms.

Only one candidate for Congress this year is younger: Republican Morgan Murtaugh, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Davis in San Diego, California.

At least 99 women will represent Americans in the House, surpassing the previous record of 84.

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Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from MI became the first two Muslim women to win election to Congress.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas. In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans.

But in the early hours of Wednesday morning, women were on track to surpass that margin, ushering in some new faces to Congress as Democrats sought control of the House.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator.

"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian".

Crowley was the No. 4 Democrat in the House and seen as a potential speaker one day.

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

Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race.

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