Ayanna Pressley Becomes First Black Woman To Represent Massachusetts In Congress

Ayanna Pressley Becomes First Black Woman To Represent Massachusetts In Congress

Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state.

Half a century ago this week, New York's Shirley Chisholm was elected the first black woman in Congress, and several of the black women elected Tuesday have said their campaigns were inspired by her example.

Among this new class, history was made in pairs: American voters elected the two first ever Latinas to represent Texas, the first Muslim American women in Congress, and the first Native American women in Congress.

Arizona will send a woman - either Democratic representative Kyrsten Sinema or Republican representative Martha McSally - to the Senate for the first time.

Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman to represent MA in Congress and will occupy the seat held by such lions as JFK and Tip O'Neill.

During the 2016 US Presidential Election, Ocasio-Cortez worked as a staffer on Bernie Sanders' ultimately unsuccessful bid for the presidency.

Asma Mohammed and Ashley Fairbanks celebrate as results come in at Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar's election night headquarters in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Before that, the last record was last set by former Democratic representative Elizabeth Holtzman in Brooklyn, who won a seat in the House in 1972 when she was 31 years old and took her seat in 1973. 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. Republicans retained control of the Senate.

It was the culmination of two years of anger, frustration and activism driven by women appalled by Donald Trump's election and presidency. Among the new names joining Congress after Tuesday are a host of young, Muslim, Latin, immigrant, and LGBT canidadates.

Pressley was the first black woman to serve on Boston's city council and made history again after defeating the 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the primary.

OLATHE, KS - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic candidate for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District Sharice Davids speaks to supporters during an election night party on November 6, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas.

Election Day brought some big and historic wins for Democrats across NY. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor - six states have female governors now - and research has shown voters are more reluctant to choose women as chief executives than as legislators. One year ago, she was working in a restaurant, she ran a grassroots campaign with a progressive agenda including universal medicare, gun control and access to affordable housing.

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