GRACE: Youngest Person Elected To Congress Passes Baton To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

GRACE: Youngest Person Elected To Congress Passes Baton To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In her campaign platform, Ocasio-Cortez promotes universal job guarantees, fully funded public schools and universities, paid family and sick leave and housing as a human right.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour means a number of winners will take office as trailblazers.

Half a century ago this week, New York's Shirley Chisholm was elected the first black woman in Congress, and several of the black women elected Tuesday have said their campaigns were inspired by her example.

Ilhan Omar, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will serve Minnesota's 5th District in the House.

Arizona will send a woman - either Democratic representative Kyrsten Sinema or Republican representative Martha McSally - to the Senate for the first time. By early 2018, more than 42,000 women had reached out to Emily's List about running for office, and 356 women Democrats filed paperwork to run for Congress (120 Republican women filed to run).

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has promised to try and push the Democratic Party further to the left, by supporting Medicare for all, free college tuition and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Female candidates won congressional seats and governorships in record numbers Tuesday night.

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This makes Ocasio-Cortez, who turned 29 last month, the youngest person ever elected to congress. Heightened political activism in the Trump era brought out many more men running for office, too, and numerous female candidates were Democrats running in districts that are gerrymandered or all but assured to vote Republican. Underwood texted Stevens after she won her August primary (she also reminded her to clear her voicemail because it would fill up quickly.) "Keep fighting".

16 women nominated for Governor (of the 36 states electing one today).

Speaking at a victory part in Washington, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said: "Tomorrow will be a new day in America". Their lesson from the last election was that "if Donald Trump is president, anybody can be president so I should run too, for at least Congress or state legislature". The vast majority of women elected are Democrats.

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.

That unlikely scenario behind her, she'll now represent the 7th Congressional District - the first in MA where minorities make up a majority of the voting population. As candidates, women broke the rules and upended conventional political wisdom.

Democrats nominated women in key races that helped determine control of the House.

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