Women Help Lead Democrats to US House Majority

Minnie Murray
November 9, 2018

Nine women will call various governors' mansions across the US home. Before this election we had zero, not one member of an 18-seat congressional delegation that was a woman.

Women have run in record numbers, and Native Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, millennials and LGBT candidates have already made history with their campaigns.

First consecutive female state governors: New Mexico's Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, will replace outgoing Republican Governor Susana Martinez, becoming the first time a state has elected two women in a row to the governor's office. 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. Democrat Janet Mills won the ME gubernatorial race and Republican Kristi Noem secured victory to be next governor in South Dakota.

A year ago she was waiting tables in New York City - today she is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, emerged victorious on Tuesday night against her Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in the Big Apple's 14th congressional district, which includes parts of Queens and The Bronx.

Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives for MA - a state with that has a black population of only eight percent. Davids, a lawyer who will also be Kansas' first openly gay member of Congress, defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder by nine points in a state that was handily won by Trump in 2016. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men.

"We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".


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.

The Associated Press reported that a record 237 women ran for the House of Representatives this year.

A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests.

But what will more women in office mean?

Minnesota Democratic Congressional Candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races.

The last time women voted for Democrats anywhere near that margin was more than 30 years ago. These six women along with dozens more congressional candidates, led to the Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives. She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Republican Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat.

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