Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Lester Mason
November 8, 2018

Of the women challenging for a new seat, one-third were successful.

A record number of women candidates, more than 270, stood for office in the U.S. midterm elections.

She'll be joined by Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib - also a Muslim and the first Palestinian-American to serve Congress.

The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. In Georgia, the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams - who is vying to be the first black woman governor in the US - and Republican Brian Kemp remains too close to call.

Below are some of the record-making moments from the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

In her campaign platform, Ocasio-Cortez promotes universal job guarantees, fully funded public schools and universities, paid family and sick leave and housing as a human right. Omar came to the U.S. at age 12 and eventually settled in Minneapolis.

Texas is sending its first ever Hispanic women to congress, as Veronica Escobar snapped up Beto O'Rouke's old seat and state Sen.

Ocasio-Cortez is expected to deliver her acceptance speech in NY sometime after 10pm ET. She's a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation and holds a law degree from Cornell University. In New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevy, elected in 2001, had been outed as gay while in office.


In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam's governor, becoming the first woman to do so.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

But in the early hours of Wednesday morning, women were on track to surpass that margin, ushering in some new faces to Congress as Democrats sought control of the House.

She was a talented high school student and has an asteroid named after her - 23238 Ocasio-Cortez - for winning second place in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

She was elected to represent New York's 14th Congressional District by a landslide last night, defeating Republican candidate Anthony Pappas with 78 percent of the vote.

She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA.

Blackburn will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate. South Dakota Republican US Representative Kristi Noem and Maine Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills were both elected to serve as governors of their home states.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

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