Congress will be the most diverse it’s ever been, voting in a record number of minorities, in particular females of color.  Here is a list of just a few who will make this Congress historic:

National Level

  1. Catherine Cortez Masto:  US Senator from Nevada – First Latina to be elected to senate
  2. Kamala Harris: US Senator from California – First Indian-American and second black female senator.
  3. Tammy Duckworth:  US Senator from Illinois – First Thai-American elected to the senate.  Former military veteran who lost her leg in the Iraq War
  4. Maggie Hassan:  US Senator from New Hampshire
  5. Tim Scott:  US Senator from South Carolina – “First black Republican from the south to be elected to a full Senate term since the Reconstruction era”
  6. Pramila Jayapal:  House of Reps from Washington – Immigrant “born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore.”
  7. Stephanie Murphy:  House of Reps from Florida – Daughter of Vietnamese refugees and first Vietnamese American elected to Congress
  8. Nanette Barragan:  House of Reps from California – First Latina elected by Los Angeles congressional district
  9. Colleen Hanabusa:  House of Reps from Hawaii
  10. Lisa Blunt Rochester:  House of Reps from Delaware – First “African-American to serve in Congress from Delaware”
  11. Val Demings:  House of Reps from Florida  –  First African-American to be elected by her district

State Level

  1. Kate Brown:  Governor of Oregon – First openly LGBT person to be elected governor of a state
  2. Ilhan Omar: Minnesota House of Reps:  Former Somalian refugee.  First Somalian-American legislator
  3. Cyrus Habib:  Lieutenant Governor of Washington – Blind Iranian-American.  Highest ranking Iranian-American official
  4. Misty Snow & Misty Plowright: First transgender candidates to receive major party nominations for House and Senate in their respective states.  Snow losing Senate seat in Utah and Plowright losing House seat in Colorado
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