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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Congress sees more diversity in women, but no net gains for women

Looking beyond the Presidential race of 2016 that was a disappointment for many women, Congress kept the status quo for women. The Senate had women gain one seat, and the House had women lose one seat, for a net gain of zero of seats in Congress held by women. However, the seats in Congress held by women saw more diversity. Here are many of the women of color to be part of Congress when the new class starts in January 2017. All these women mentioned below are Democrats.

Tammy Duckworth won the Senate race in Ilinois, defeating one term Mark Kirk in a heated race. Tammy Duckworth has a House seat and will be moving to the Senate. She is Thai American and an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs during combat, compared to Mark Kirk who has no heroics himself.

Catherine Cortez Masto will be the first Latina senator, after she won in Nevada, taking over Harry Reid's seat.

Kamala Harris of California, who will take over Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat, is Indian- and African-American. She will be the first Indian-American in the Senate and the second black female senator.

Pramila Jayapal, who won in Washington state, immigrated to the U.S. after being born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore.

Stephanie Murphy, who won in Florida, is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees; she will be the first Vietnamese-American in Congress.

Nanette Barragan is the first Latina elected by her congressional district in Los Angeles.

Lisa Blunt Rochester will be the first African-American to serve in Congress from Delaware

Val Demings will be the first African-American to fill her Florida congressional seat.

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