After two very long years of enduring the hellish Trump administration and the Republican Party that enables it, we’ve finally made it to the day that Democrats take back the House of Representatives. There is much to celebrate about this day and we should never take for granted that Democrats succeeded in electing the most diverse incoming freshman class in the history of Congress.
Now that this incredible group of lawmakers are finally in office, there are several women of color to watch in this 116th Congress. Vox notes that among them are: “Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Lucy McBath of Georgia, all of whom are poised to push Democrats on an array of policy areas such as climate change, health care, and gun control.”
There’s also Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Sharice Davids of Kansas, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, both from Texas, and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut among others. And let’s not forget Lauren Underwood of Illinois, a registered nurse and former Obama administration appointee, who, at age 32, also becomes the youngest black woman ever to serve in Congress.
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