Women and diversity score points in Congress

The state of New Mexico has particularly distinguished itself by becoming the first US state to have all three seats in the House of Representatives filled by women from minorities, notes The Hill.

Democrat Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress, in 2018, retained her seat, while her Latin American colleague, Teresa Leger Fernandez, won her first term. They will be joined in Washington by Native American Yvette Harel, a Republican who successfully ousted the incumbent Democrat.

For their part, Missouri voters have elected for the first time a black woman, Democrat Cori Bush, to represent them in the House in Washington, while Wyoming will send, for the first time in its history, a woman to the House. US Senate, after the victory of Republican Cynthia Lummis.

In New York, Democrats Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones will become the first openly gay African-Latin American and African-American, respectively, to enter the House of Representatives.

The local congressional elections also brought their share of historic victories: by winning a seat in the Delaware Senate, Democrat Sarah McBride became the first transgender female senator.

Two other transgender women - and Democrats - were elected for the first time in their state, details CNBC. Taylor Small was elected to the Vermont House, and Stephanie Byers to the Kansas House. The latter is also the first Native American to sit in the state congress.

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