New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

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Tuesday night's elections saw an influx of diversity "firsts" in the House of Representatives, ushered in by the record-breaking candidacies of women - specifically women of color - on the Democratic ticket. Davids defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year old Latina also became the youngest woman to serve in the US House after winning at the polls.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", said the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, who became the chamber's first female speaker in 2006 and is poised to reclaim the gavel. She came to the U.S. more than two decades ago as a refugee. However, the historical significance of this evening is not lost on me.

Ms Davids, a mixed martial arts fighter, will also be the first openly LGBTQI person to represent the state of Kansas.

Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American members of Congress. Davids, an attorney and advocate, will represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, which covers eastern Kansas and includes Kansas City.

Deb Haaland is one of the first Native American woman to win a seat in Congress. Haaland, a Democrat, will represent New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.

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Over the course of history, there have been a number of men elected to Congress in their 20s, but not women. They also picked up two more firsts for Congress: Tlaib is the first-ever Palestinian-American and Omar the first Somalian-American to serve in that office.

The victory made her the national face of young, discontented Democrats - often women and minorities - trying to drag their party to the left.

As of 2:45 a.m., 95 women have won seats in the 116th Congress, with 4 races yet to be called in which both candidates are female, meaning there will be at least 99 women reporting to work at the Capitol in January of next year.

"Democratic women in particular and independent women, progressive women, upscale suburban women were clearly energised by the Trump victory and the Trump presidency in a negative way", said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. Sylvia Garcia won big in the Houston area.

"I think the night was better than you thought it would be going in". "Now, senator will do". Others included Rep. Marsha Blackburn, running for Senate in Tennessee, and Rep. Martha McSally, who sought to replace retiring Sen. 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.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds - from military veterans to teachers - and many had never run for office before. "They ignored the party bosses who said they should wait their turn".

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