Now there are 84 women serving in the House of Representatives, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The first Muslim women have been elected to Congress, with Democrat Rashida Tlaib winning in MI and Ilhan Omar winning in Minnesota. With some 80 percent of precincts reporting, Ocasio-Cortez has earned 79 percent of the vote, far outpacing the 13 percent going to her Republican rival. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen.
Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer.
Record numbers of women and ethnic minorities ran for office in 2018, paving the way for a number of historic landmarks on Tuesday night. Blackburn, a Republican member of Congress who aligned herself closely with Trump and his policies during this race, defeated popular former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen in a tight race by 10 points.
Overall, the number of Republican women serving in Congress next term will slightly dip, partially because some female incumbents and candidates lost. Tlaib also becomes the first Palestinian-American in Congress and Omar the first Somali-American.
She is a Democratic-Socialist who served on the state legislature from 2009 to 2014 and ran her congressional primary campaign supporting Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing Ice.
Voters in Kansas chose Democrat Sharice Davids - she'll be the first Native American Congresswoman.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become the youngest female ever elected to Congress, winning her NY district at age 29.
Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are the first Latinas to represent the state of Texas in the House of Representatives, after the state has sent more than 300 people to lower body of Congress since it joined the union in 1845.
There are also now nine female governors, matching the record set in 2004. Democrats won the national election (despite important setbacks in the US Senate) because of women candidates and women voters. In the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races.
Former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill flipped New Jersey's 11th away from Republican Jay Webber, giving Democrats control of the district for the first time in 36 years.
(1) Kim Reynolds became the first woman in Iowa history to be elected governor.
And that was just one room among countless more across the country with the same energy. The vast majority of women elected are Democrats.
But what will more women in office mean?
The Democrats may not have gotten quite the blue wave they were hoping for ー but for women in politics, Election Day was an indisputable success.