How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Became The Youngest Woman Ever Elected To Congress

Congresswoman elect Ayanna Pressley greets volunteers at the Cambridge Democratic Headquarters

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Became The Youngest Woman Ever Elected To Congress

Flake is scheduled to give a talk at the Forbes 30 under 30 event in Boston after recently calling for a one week pause in the confirmation process to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate sexual assault allegations.

As of early Wednesday, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, surpassing the previous record of 84. New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland and Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress.

The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. The US has also voted in its first openly gay governor as minorities and marginalised groups increase their voices on Capitol Hill after the midterms.

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.

Omar served a single term in the Minnesota state legislature before she won Minnesota's Fifth District.

Ayanna Pressley, 44, on Tuesday became the first African American woman elected to Congress from MA, representing much of the same area as John F. Kennedy.

Asma Mohammed and Ashley Fairbanks celebrate as results come in at Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar's election night headquarters in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim congresswomen. She is the eldest of 14 children, is an attorney aligned with the party's liberal wing.

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot.

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, according to their respective campaigns. Pappas and Davids are part of this year's Rainbow wave that saw a record amount of LGBT candidates (244, according to the New York Times) run for office.

Republican Marsha Blackburn won a gruelling, expensive contest to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, could be the youngest woman elected to Congress, and represented a surge of Democrats challenging more senior and established members of the party.

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York City on Tuesday.

Holtzman was also from NY, meaning the Empire State has sent the three youngest women to congress in the past half century.

Women won big in the US midterm elections on Tuesday (November 6), with USA media predicting more than 100 women winning election or re-election in races across the country.

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. And Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be Connecticut's first black congresswoman. In South Dakota, the Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem will become the state's first female governor.

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