Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins election to New York’s 14th congressional district

Pauline Gross
November 8, 2018

Her win beats the previous record held by Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a former White House aide to president George W. Bush who was first elected to an upstate NY constituency in 2014 aged 30.

US Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY, was previously the youngest woman when she was elected in 2014 at age 30.

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district.

She stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday. Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans. Women held 84 out of 435 House seats, a record Aljazeera reported.

Women were also elected governors in Iowa, Maine and South Dakota for the first time, as well as in the territory of Guam.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY, was previously the youngest, elected in 2014 at age 30.

The class of 2019 includes the youngest congressional women in history, 29-year-olds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from NY and Abby Finkenauer from Iowa, as well as the first two Native American women, and the first two Muslim women, Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar.

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In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. The first ever openly LGBT governor, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a bisexual woman, won her re-election bid Tuesday as well.

Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman.

Former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill flipped New Jersey's 11th away from Republican Jay Webber, giving Democrats control of the district for the first time in 36 years.

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. An overwhelming majority of Americans, almost 8 in 10, said it's important to elect more women to public office.

One is that it takes a lot to swing white women Democratic. "Now it's people of every imaginable ethnicity and many, many more women".

"Though prominent figures like Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, failed to win their potentially historic elections, many candidates around the country became the first person of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation to be elected to their positions in their states, or in some cases, in the country".

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