Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected as youngest woman in US Congress

Sergio Conner
November 7, 2018

Davids is from the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin and has focused her career on the advancement of Native Americans.

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

Davids, 38, is an attorney by training and a former mixed martial arts fighter.

According to the Campaign Legal Center, federal Judge Daniel Hovland denied a request last week from the tribe for an order stopping the ID requirement.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily Democratic district in Minneapolis, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Victories for both were expected following primary victories earlier this year. 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".

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and became the first Muslim female member of Michigan's state legislature a decade ago.

The vote comes almost two years after women marched on Washington in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

For the first time, the US Congress will have Muslim women - and two of them. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state. She came to the United States more than two decades ago as a refugee.

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Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives and gain two seats to capture the Senate.

The congresswoman defeated Democratic ex-governor Phil Bredesen by closely aligning her bid with President Donald Trump. Trump visited the state three times.

- Janet Mills: First female governor of Maine.

Democrats had hoped to pick up Tennessee as part of a narrow path to retaking the Senate.

Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared with 49 percent who in 2014 said they backed a Democrat in the congressional midterm elections, according to a a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll. Nine women will call various governors' mansions across the US home. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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. The President made three visits to the state for her. Republicans in the state legislature voted previous year to undo an anti-corruption plan approved by voters in a ballot referendum.

She unseated four-term Republican Kevin Roder, a strong Trump ally. That is likely to remain the case under Noem. She beat her opponent, Manny Santos, by 11 points.

All three women say they have a lot to do once they get into office, or are back in office, and that they can't wait to get to work.

The campaigning from both sides of politics was polarising, with the Republicans maintaining an anti-immigration and America-first message, while the Democrats pledged to put an end to divisionary politics. Ten women already in the Senate are not up for re-election.

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