More Native Americans Were Elected To Congress Tuesday Than Ever Before
Category: News & PoliticsVia: 1stwarrior • 3 weeks ago • 5 comments
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.
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.
US House candidates make history ( Indian Country Today )