Record-Breaking Women in Congress

Larry Hoffman
November 9, 2018

White women are increasingly being discounted as "women" in the feminist movement merely because so many of them still vote for Republican candidates.

A "pink wave" is sending a record number of women to Congress, with more than 110 claiming victory in their House and Senate races-with some contests too close yet to call.

Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor.

She is a Democratic-Socialist who served on the state legislature from 2009 to 2014 and ran her congressional primary campaign supporting Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing Ice. The previous record was 85, set in 2016.

Many jumped into politics, outraged that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, often considered the most qualified presidential candidate in history, while boasting of grope and accused of sexual misconduct.

Jahana Hayes, congresswoman-elect for Connecticut's 5th district.

She shocked many in NY politics, including herself, when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Representative Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic congressional primary last. Jahana Hayes became the first black woman from CT to be elected to congress.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America's first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat. Jim McGreevey, a Democrat and former New Jersey governor, came out while in office in 2004.

- Kristi L. Noem: First female governor of South Dakota.

Here are some of the women who won on Tuesday.

When she takes office, Mills will succeed GOP Gov. Paul Lepage.

'For 80 percent of this campaign, I operated out of a paper grocery bag hidden behind that bar, ' she said, referencing her political pamphlets and change of clothes. Rep. Abby Finkenauer joined Ocasio-Cortez in also becoming one of the youngest women ever elected to Congress.

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district.

Pressley, who represents a Boston-area district, was the first African-American elected to the Boston City Council in 2009.

Before Tuesday, there were 107 women in Congress, and that figure has been passed. She will take over the seat held by Sen.

Tlaib, meanwhile, was elected to Michigan's 13th House District seat long held by Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down a year ago amid reports of sexual misconduct.

Blackburn defeated Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen after President Donald Trump announced his support for her.

Many are sympathetic to her very relatable problem.

As the focus now turns toward Trump's re-election run in 2020, Republicans recognize they have a problem to address.

Congratulations to these and many more of the newly elected officials.

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