LGBT Native American Sharice Davids makes history with Kansas House win

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland who are Democrats will take oath to become the first Native American women ever to be elected to office. Omar, a former refugee, will be the first Somali-American congresswoman after winning the race for Minnesota's 5th congressional district. Davids also became the first openly gay representative elected in the state. But the fact that multiple Native American women succeeded at the polls is especially monumental considering our people weren't even given full legal protection of our voting rights until less than 60 years ago.

Davids, who belongs to the Ho-Chunk Nation-a Native American tribe in Wisconsin-will become the first Native American woman to serve in Congress, an honour she will share with Deb Haaland, who was elected in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District on Tuesday.

Chad Griffin, president of LGBT+ rights group Human Rights Campaign, congratulated Davids on her historic victory in a tweet: "A$3 huge and historic pro-equality victory!" She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA.

Her campaign received national attention after Taylor Swift endorsed her Democrat opponent, Phil Bredesen. Together, we made history!

Ayanna Pressley will become the first black member of the House from MA. Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared with 49 percent who said they backed a Democrat in the 2014 congressional midterm elections. Tlaib was famously escorted from a Trump rally in 2016 as she shouted questions at the candidate, asking him if he had ever read the constitution. With all precincts counted, Davids won 53.3 percent of the vote against Yoder's 44.2 percent in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY is the youngest women ever elected to Congress at the age of 29.

The record-breaking number of women running led to another record being broken.

As of early Wednesday morning, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, surpassing the previous record of 84.

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