Women elected to House in record numbers

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

That would exceed the previous record of 85 representatives, according to the Congressional Research Service. "We ran to make change", Pressley told supporters at her election party on Tuesday night.

Those numbers led to history on several fronts Tuesday.

For starters, there looks set to be at least 100 women in the House of Representatives for the first time, with 95 already declared winners while other races are still being counted (including a number of races where both candidates are female).

Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar are the country's first Muslim women in Congress. Ayanna Pressley is Massachusetts' first Black congresswoman.

Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast.

The resignation of former Rep. John Conyers Jr. due to health concerns triggered an open seat, and Tlaib was unopposed in her contest. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.

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Jahana Hayes, congresswoman-elect for Connecticut's 5th district.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race.

Delivering her victory speech, she said: "This is a movement for social, economic and racial justice in the United States of America". "We see problems as opportunities in our state of Colorado".

Polis will succeed Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited.

Democratic Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis arrives onstage with running mate Dianne Primavera on November 6, 2018 in Denver.

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Republicans have held the South Dakota governor's mansion for decades - the last Democrat was elected all the way back in 1978 - but Noem will still make history in 2019 as the first female governor. New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland and Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. She was also one of awave of progressive female candidates of color committed to challenging the Democratic Party establishment from the left.

Raised by a single mother army veteran and a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation, Davids was a fellow in the Obama White House.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Boston University graduate who worked for the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, defeated Democratic US Representative Joe Crowley in a party primary earlier this year.

The 29-year-old comfortably beat her Republican opponent, Anthony Pappas, to win in New York's 14th District.

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