Record Number Of Women Of Color Are Headed To Congress

Written by on November 12, 2020

A document variety of ladies of colour ran for Congress within the 2020 election, and a document quantity gained their races and are set to serve in 2021.  

Not less than 50 ladies of colour (together with 46 Democrats) will serve within the subsequent Congress, breaking the earlier document of 48 set within the final elections, in line with a report Thursday by the Heart for American Girls and Politics at Rutgers College. 

The winners included a document variety of ladies of colour heading to the U.S. Home — 47 of whom already gained seats, in comparison with the earlier document of 44 in 2018. One other three ladies of colour stay in races that haven’t but been known as.  

document variety of ladies general are headed to the Home in 2021.  

Notably, Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist, is one in all a number of lawmakers-elect who made historical past on Election Day. Bush would be the first Black girl that Missouri sends to Congress. 

Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D-Mo.) arrives for the House freshman orientation Thursday in Washington.

Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D-Mo.) arrives for the Home freshman orientation Thursday in Washington.

The trailblazing candidates adopted within the footsteps of barrier-breaking lawmakers elected in 2018, together with the primary Muslim ladies elected to Congress, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.); the primary Native American ladies, Reps. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.); and the youngest congresswoman ever, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). All gained reelection in 2020.

Of the 47 ladies who gained Home seats up to now, 25 are Black, surpassing the earlier document of 22 Black ladies within the Home who have been elected within the midterms, and 13 are Latina, beating the earlier document of 12.

No ladies of colour have been elected to the Senate this yr, and not one of the 4 ladies of colour presently serving within the physique have been up for reelection. 

Sen. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris of California leaves the Senate in January. It stays to be seen if Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will appoint a girl of colour to interchange her. 

“We’re heartened by the progress made this yr in electing ladies of colour to the Home, however it’s clear that there’s a lot work left undone,” Heart for American Girls and Politics Director Debbie Walsh stated. “Increasing the variety of experiences among the many individuals who characterize us improves outcomes for all Individuals.”


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