Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress. Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.
The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections. Democrat women flipped MI and Kansas, defeating male Republican incumbents. Several were first-time candidates.
"Don't expect women to sit back and talk about birth control and reproductive rights as women's issues".
Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state.
The first Muslim women have been elected to Congress, with Democrat Rashida Tlaib winning in MI and Ilhan Omar winning in Minnesota. Cindy Axne, a small business owner, was one of two women to win a House seat in Iowa. Also a Native American, Davids will join Debra Haaland of New Mexico in becoming the first Native American women in Congress.
Pennsylvania, which had no women in its 21-member congressional delegation, will now have four. The Democrat surged in the latter part of the year, polling neck and neck with Noem, but fell just short on Election Day. Lauren Underwood in IL helped Democrats produce another unexpected victory. "Now, listen, I know for a fact none of us ran to make history, we ran to make change". "I am the daughter of a fabulous mother", she said.
But the transformation extends far beyond just the women who chose to run for office. Women founded most of the thousands of Indivisible groups around the country, and roughly 70% of Indivisible activists are women.
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In other uncontested House races, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal won re-election in the 1st Congressional District. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., would chair the Appropriations Committee, and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., would chair the Financial Service Committee.
In total, 76 of the projected female House winners coming from the Democratic Party and 11 from the Republican side.
"This is the year of the woman, and the fact that women were willing to put themselves on the line is important, whether they've been Republicans or Democrats", said Shalala, a first-time candidate for elected office.
It means that women are better represented. "Now it's people of every imaginable ethnicity and many, many more women". And they ran differently, ignoring the timeworn advice to female candidates to talk about your résumé and pretend you don't have a personal life.
Women shattered records and precedents. "This could be the beginning of a decade of the woman where you have more women running and moving up because you filled the pipeline". Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents. In Florida, two challengers, Lauren Baer and Mary Barzee Flores, lost to Republican incumbents. Republicans in the state recently passed a bill to require women to seek more counseling before they get an abortion. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.
The "women's wave" included MA, where Democrat Ayanna Pressley was elected by Seventh District voters to be the first African-American woman to represent the state as a House member. That 24-point split had widened from 8 points in June. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men.