More Native Americans Were Elected To Congress Tuesday Than Ever Before

  

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Via:  1stwarrior  •  3 weeks ago  •  5 comments

More Native Americans Were Elected To Congress Tuesday Than Ever Before
The 2020 general election has been a historic one in terms of “firsts” for more diverse lawmakers—it also saw a record-breaking number of candidates of Native American heritage win their congressional races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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KEY FACTS




Indian Country Today   reported six Native American House candidates won their respective races, meaning the 117th Congress will have   more Native Americans   than any previous Congress.



The first two Native American women to be   elected to Congress   in 2018, U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland (D-N.M.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kans.), defended their seats, according to the report.



Also winning reelection were Native American incumbents Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, both Republican representatives in Oklahoma.



Native American newcomers to the House include New Mexico Republican Yvette Herrell and Kaiali'i Kahele, a Democrat elected in Hawaii who, according to   Indian Country Today ,   is only the   second   Native Hawaiian lawmaker to represent the state in Congress since Hawaii became a state in 1959.



According to the report, the candidates are split equally in terms of their political party affiliation and gender: three are Democrats, three Republicans, three men and three women.



KEY BACKGROUND


The 117th Congress marked many “firsts” for diverse representation. Herrell and Haaland’s elections helped New Mexico become the first state to vote for congressional representatives exclusively made up of   women of color . When Delaware elected Sarah McBride for state senator, she became the first   openly transgender person   to win the position in any state. Ritchie Torres, a New York Democrat who won a seat in the House, is slated to become the country’s first   Black and openly gay   congressman.

FURTHER READING


US House candidates make history   ( Indian Country Today )


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1stwarrior
1  seeder  1stwarrior    3 weeks ago

I can remember years and years ago when the only Native American in Congress was  Ben Nighthorse Campbell   (born April 13, 1933).  He was an American   Cheyenne   politician who served as a   U.S. Representative   from 1987 to 1993, and a   U.S. Senator   from   Colorado   from 1993 to 2005. He serves as one of forty-four members of the   Council of Chiefs   of the   Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe . During his time in office, he was the only Native American serving in the U.S. Congress.

Originally a member of the   Democratic Party , Campbell   switched   to the   Republican Party   on March 3, 1995. Reelected to the U.S. Senate in   1998 , Campbell announced in March 2004 that he would not run for reelection to a third term in November of that year. His Senate seat was then won by Democrat   Ken Salazar   in the   November 2004 election . He later expressed interest in running for   Governor of Colorado   in 2006; however, on January 4, 2006, he announced that he would not enter the race. He later became a lobbyist for the law and lobbying firm   Holland & Knight   and afterward co-founded his own lobbying firm, Ben Nighthorse Consultants.

Then, Tom Cole, Travis Childers, both Chickasaw and Markwayne Mullen, Cherokee, served as members of the House of Representatives.  Childers only served one term.  In 2019, two wonderful leaders, Deb Haaland and Charise Davids were elected.

Looks like things might actually be looking up for the Native American community.

 
 
 
Split Personality
2  Split Personality    3 weeks ago
According to the report, the candidates are split equally in terms of their political party affiliation and gender: three are Democrats, three Republicans, three men and three women.

That should give people hope that balance and fairness can be achieved.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.1  seeder  1stwarrior  replied to  Split Personality @2    3 weeks ago

Total agreement SP.  During my 30+ years of working with Tribes/Nations and their leadership, I've met and worked with some awesome Native American leaders.  If anyone will actually pay attention to the concerns and issues facing, not only Native Americans, but the U.S. population/citizenship in general, additions such as this need to take place more often.

Thanks for your comment.

 
 
 
lady in black
3  lady in black    3 weeks ago

This is wonderful!!!!

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
4  Bob Nelson    3 weeks ago

Good news. 

 
 
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