Record Number Of Women Elected To U.S. House

Frederick Owens
November 7, 2018

In the months leading up to the election, Ocasio-Cortez lent her political star power to support other candidates and to mainstream bold progressive proposals like Medicare for All, debt-free college, and raising taxes on corporations and the ultra-wealthy. They were powered mostly by a female-led resistance movement forged in opposition to the election of Donald Trump, though there were also notable victories among Republican women. A cohort of women crashed Pennsylvania's all-male congressional delegation.

In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam's governor, becoming the first woman to do so.

Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congres.

Voters in two states also elected the country's first Muslim women to the House: Rashida Tlaib, a former state legislator running in Detroit, and Ilhan Omar, a state legislator running in Minneapolis.

The Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University announced that at least 92 women emerged victorious in House races, surpassing the previous record of 84 set in 2013, and at least 38 women of color won, breaking the previous record of 34.

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Americans elected a record number of women to the U.S. House in the 2018 midterms.

The House will gain two Latina congresswomen from Texas, the Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia. Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared with 49 percent who said they backed a Democrat in the 2014 congressional midterm elections. The victory comes with a few key losses though. Polis was also the first openly gay man elected to Congress in 2008. The Democratic candidate ran with a campaign that said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office". Omar faced Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski and ran on a platform focused on education, health care and immigration.

A former Boston city council member, Pressley says her priorities in Washington will be "economic inequality, the wealth and wage gap, structural racism, and gun violence".

"We launched this campaign because no one was clearly and authentically talking about issues like the corrupting role of money in politics". Campaign ads featured candidates breastfeeding their babies and getting an ultrasound. Mills, a Democrat, previously served as Maine's attorney general. Blackburn, a Republican member of Congress who aligned herself closely with Trump and his policies during this race, defeated popular former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen in a tight race by 10 points.

Omar's economic justice platform was one of the most ambitious and detailed in the whole congressional candidate field. We don't back down when something is challenging.

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