With history created in the 116th congress and new US legislators swore in on Thursday, with a record number of ‘firsts’ taking seats in the congress. Democrats assumed majority control over House of Representatives, while the Republicans still hold control over the Senate. Nancy Pelosi, who was elected as the speaker of the house, warned that Trump should expect a whole new different world with the new congress. Though she said that the president will not be impeached just on political reasons, yet, she has vowed to teach Trump a lesson, claiming that he will in future learn how to deal with powerful women.
Among those sworn in, record number of women, including the first Muslim women, as well the youngest woman ever to be elected to the congress. Both Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar won in their democrat seats, becoming first Muslim Congresswomen. While Tlaib is born to Palestinian parents in Detroit, Omar arrived in US as a young girl from a Kenyan refugee camp, after fleeing a civil war in Somalia. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for NY’s 14th district becoming the youngest woman to join the congress at 29. Deb Haaland is the first Native American woman elected to congress alongside Sharice Davids. Deb is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, an advocate for priority climate change and med-care for all. Davids is law graduate and MMA professional fighter, an open gay and a member of Ho-Chunk nation.
Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Alex became Iowa’s first female representatives, while Jahana Hayes became the first African American Woman from Connecticut to be appointed to congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first black congresswoman from Massachusetts, after defeating 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano. The congress also witnessed first American Latin women- Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia to the house. In a close call, Marsha Blackburn was elected as the first Republican female senator from Tennessee.
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