Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Can’t Afford Washington Apartment Yet

Hannah Rogers
November 9, 2018

Still another under-30 women was elected this year - Democrat Abby Finkenauer, in Iowa's 1st District, who is also 29.

And it appears to have come true.

Youngest woman elected to Congress: After defeating a long-time incumbent in a Democratic primary, Ocasio-Cortez, became the youngest woman elected to Congress.

A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress.

This year saw a 75 percent increase in women of color who became nominees for Congress since 2012, according to a study from the Reflective Democracy Campaign.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman.

Just one minute after polls closed in MA on Tuesday, the Associated Press called the state's 7th congressional district race in favor of Ayanna Pressley.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas. The number of women in both chambers before Tuesday - 107 - is now close to being passed.

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For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues.

There have been other hardships, including having to turn down an annual trip for NY pols to Puerto Rico frequented because it conflicts with orientation for new lawmakers, where they get tips for hiring staff, running an office, and the bare bones of legislating.

In Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Jahana Hayes defeated Republican Manny Santos and became the first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. Texans elected Garcia, a former social worker and lawyer, by a wide margin against her Republican opponent. Her victory is one of historical significance for the state of MA and for the nation. Women were projected to win in eight races, one shy of the current record.

"Let's get to the business of dancing and celebrating", she added.

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And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. A record-high 40 women of colour were elected to the House, beating the previous record of 38.

And down in the state of Texas, 19 Black female judges who ran for the first time or re-election for judge positions in Harris County all won.

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