Native American Women Score Major First

08 November, 2018, 03:49 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Deb Haaland: First Native American woman elected to Congress

Their projected victories mark the start of a new chapter in the USA political system as they will be the first ever Elected Female members of Native American Descent.

Are there other Native American members of Congress?

They were granted the right to vote in 1962, almost 40 years after they were granted citizenship.

As of early Wednesday morning, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, surpassing the previous record of 84. And although she has some age on Ocasio-Cortez - she's turning 30 in December - Finkenauer is still one of the youngest people ever elected to the House. The Democratic candidate ran with a campaign that said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office".

After 229 years with no Native American women in Congress, next year there will be two.

Haaland ran on a progressive platform and has campaigned for Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, and the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He won his last four outings by double-digit margins.

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My grandmother was born and raised at Laguna Pueblo, and as I watched Tuesday night's returns come in, I imagined how she would have reacted to the sight of Haaland and Davids marching on Washington, D.C. These women refused to be silenced despite coming from humble origins, and their fortitude and resilience make them so recognizable to me.

A Republican who served in the House will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate.

Another fact that makes Sharice Davids win both unique and liberating is that she identifies as a lesbian; which also makes her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas. The Democrat has backed Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

Pressley was the first black woman on Boston's City Council, and she defeated 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary. Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor. With no challenger on Election Day, Pressley made it official that she'll be the first black person representing MA in the House.

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