Women Of Color Who Made History In The 2018 Midterm Elections

Saul Bowman
November 9, 2018

This year's crucial mid-term elections were always likely to make history.

The Democrats have flipped the house while the Republicans will continue to hold on to the Senate following the midterm elections in the United States.

According to the newspaper, the figure (which could fluctuate as more precincts report) marks an all-time high for the number of women in the House of Representatives.

And it appears to have come true. The former Central Intelligence Agency officer beat Tea Party incumbent Dave Brat in no small part through the activism of local liberal women's groups.

Asked if President Donald Trump's hostile positions on immigrants and Muslims have triggered the rise of these women, Mr Telhami emphasised that "each district has its own local politics and these cases are no exception; they may have been elected without the Trump factor".

They include veterans, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, a teacher who grew up the daughter of a drug addict, a one-time bartender and dozens of first-time candidates.

There have been other hardships, including having to turn down an annual trip for NY pols to Puerto Rico frequented because it conflicts with orientation for new lawmakers, where they get tips for hiring staff, running an office, and the bare bones of legislating.


Ocasio-Cortes, who stressed her working class status and upbringing during her unlikely win, said she saved some funds before leaving her restaurant job. Also a Native American, Davids will join Debra Haaland of New Mexico in becoming the first Native American women in Congress.

"We have made history tonight", she told cheering supporters after the result was confirmed.

Women won gubernatorial races in nine states.

Here, Business Insider takes a look at some of the women who made history. In Maine, Democrat Janet Mills will become the state's first woman governor, and in South Dakota, Republican Kristi Noem will be the first women to lead the state.

Women in key swing districts across the country delivered congressional victories to the Democratic Party Tuesday, helping to shift the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives for the remaining two years of the Trump presidency.

Ms Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a former mixed martial arts fighter who was raised by a single mother. She was also the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislative. Never forget the hard work it took to get us here. "Here in Minnesota we don't only welcome immigrants, we send them to Washington".

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. "Small actions matter much more than we know". 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.

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