- Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia: Texas's first Latinas in Congress. Escobar, an El Paso County judge, and Garcia, a state senator and former Harris County commissioner, make history in a state that is almost 40 per cent Hispanic or Latino, according to U.S. Census data. Numerous 237 women on the ballot in this election were facing entrenched incumbents who typically enjoy a major advantage in fundraising and name recognition. "What's different this year is the whole pipeline's getting filled with women", Lake said. "Women candidates help get women voters out, and that is a very important thing for Democrats".
Rep. Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee when she outlasted a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who looked to run against his party to win in a state President Donald Trump won by 26 percentage points in 2016.
"This is something new we saw from women candidates: they are not trying to focus on their resumes and tout their accomplishments and push their families aside", she said.
"It's a bit of a partisan story", said Rutgers political science professor Kelly Dittmar. They were powered mostly by a female-led resistance movement forged in opposition to the election of Donald Trump, though there were also notable victories among Republican women.
Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state. By mid-October, 46 percent of men approved but just 36 percent of women. He also holds right-leaning views on gun control and abortion, which helped in a solid-red state.
As of 2:45 a.m., 95 women have won seats in the 116th Congress, with 4 races yet to be called in which both candidates are female, meaning there will be at least 99 women reporting to work at the Capitol in January of next year. Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator. The confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, roiled the election and exposed deep fault lines between the two parties amid a cultural reckoning on sexual assault.
Republican leaders have cited Kavanaugh's eventual confirmation as a catalyst for Republican enthusiasm in this year's elections.
When asked to rate their anger on a scale of 1 to 10 - with 10 being extreme anger - Democrats were a 7.6 toward Trump, with Democratic women more angry than men, Reuters/Ipsos polling showed.
Tuesday's record wins for women happened not only in congressional races but all the way down the ballot, which could later set them up to run for higher office in the future.
Democrats were also much angrier about the Senate's handling of Kavanaugh's confirmation than Republicans or independents.
In victory speeches across the country, women acknowledged the groundbreaking year.