Record number of women win House seats in US midterms

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site

The charge was led mostly by Democratic women whose victories all but ensure a US House that is younger and more diverse. He argued that the reason Democrats won a majority in the House is "not because they went far left", pointing to moderate candidates like Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, who unseated Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a surprise victory.

- Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer: Iowa's first women in the U.S. House.

Representing Minnesota, she will be the first Congress member to wear a hijab or head scarf.

- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: America's first Muslim women in Congress. Tlaib ran unopposed in the general election, all but guaranteeing the former MI state legislator a seat in Congress. Omar is already a barrier breaker - in 2016, she became the first Somali American legislator in the country.

"We've had years of the woman before".

Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland picked up Congressional seats for Democrats in Kansas and New Mexico Tuesday night, making them the first Native American women elected to Congress in history.

OLATHE, KS - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic candidate for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District Sharice Davids speaks to supporters during an election night party on November 6, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas.

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Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District. "And that's exactly what this is, not a campaign or an Election Day but a movement... for social, economic and racial justice".

The former refugee, who won in Minnesota's left-leaning 5th Congressional District, defeated Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinksi.

- Jared Polis: The first openly gay man elected governor.

"We're kind of people that just feel like it's really important that we are focused on the gun crisis, focused on health care, focused on all those things that seem to be a divide within the United States Congress right now". "There will be a record number of women win; there will be a record number of women lose". Davids' win in Kansas against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder was a pickup for Democrats, which projects to gain control of the House.

In a win for the Republicans, Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn has become the first female senator in the state. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn kept an open Senate seat in Republican hands and helped affirm her party's control in the chamber.

Earlier this year, she shocked many in NY politics, including herself, when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic congressional primary.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in New York's 14th district on Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press. The victory was considered a stunner and helped make Ocasio-Cortez a national political figure. The first ever openly LGBT governor, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a bisexual woman, won her re-election bid Tuesday as well. This year, women tied the record for most governor's seats women have ever held - nine - a number that was previously reached in 2004 and 2007.

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