Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accuses ICE of 'Human Rights Violations' in Victory Speech

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accuses ICE of 'Human Rights Violations' in Victory Speech

Native American and Muslim women will join Congress for the first time alongside the youngest elected woman. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state. The first-time candidate, of Puerto Rican heritage, said in her victory speech: "Today is a milestone, but it's really a beginning, it truly is a beginning..."

Cortez has promised to represent working families and work towards lowering rent, increasing incomes and ensuring healthcare is accessible to more people.

New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29-years-old.

Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer.

The inclusive midterm victories bode well for future election cycles, said Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights for America, a national organisation focused on galvanising black women voters and electing black women as candidates.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis handily defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in the Colorado governor's race Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the United States. In five states - Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Washington and Wisconsin - female candidates challenged sitting female senators.

Rashida Tlaib in MI and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota will be the first Muslim women in Congress. Sharice Davids toppled a Republican man in Kansas and Deb Haaland prevailed in New Mexico, becoming the first Native American women elected to Congress.

Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office a year ago amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

Ms Omar was born in Somalia but spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp as civil war tore apart her home country. Omar came to the U.S. at age 12 and eventually settled in Minneapolis.

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Democrat Ilhan Omar speaks after winning in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District race. Republicans in the state recently passed a bill to require women to seek more counseling before they get an abortion.

Women occupy just 23% of the seats in the current US Senate and 19.3% in the House of Representatives, comparatively low rates in the developed world.

"Ayanna Pressley was also fed up".

And because she personally worked in restaurants - up until February, in fact - she said she knows that better than many of her now-colleagues. It's the nexus of minimum wage fights, of immigration law, of criminal justice reform, of health care debates, of education. Although there are still crucial votes to count, Democrats have secured the House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a decade while the GOP retains control of the Senate.

Ms Shalala has sought to turn her age into a positive by stressing her experience with this slogan: Ready on Day One.

(1) Kim Reynolds became the first woman in Iowa history to be elected governor. In the September primary, Pressley defeated longtime Democrat Rep. Michael Capuano.

The House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley of NY, who is expected to lose her race, made history as the first woman to spend federal campaign funds on childcare.

Democratic senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota lost their races, while Republican representative Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected to the US Senate from Tennessee.

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