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Midterm elections: The new faces diversify American politics, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Ilhan Omar

Midterm elections: The new faces diversify American politics, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Ilhan Omar

The results of the midterm elections will install a new wave of diverse, progressive, first candidates at the congress.

Before the elections, white men represented 69 percent of all governors and members of the Congress, but only a third of the population of the United States. This year, 58 percent of the candidates were white men.

When the results came in, the interim days in 2018 became a night of firsts.

Women were in record numbers, as were black and ethnic minorities and LGBT + candidates at the helm of house, senate and governor seats, all to make it a record year of diversity.

Here are the newly elected congressmen who help to diversify American politics and tackle the historical imbalance of the country.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez was the shock winner in the Democratic primaries (AFP/ Getty)

At the age of 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to be elected to a congress. She will represent the 14th New York Convention District. A year before the successful sitting of Joe Crowley, the 10-year-old Democrat in the primaries of 2018, Ocasio-Cortez worked in the bar to help her family.

"Our district is made up of 70% people and we have never represented anyone in American history," she said before the elections.

Ayanna Pressley

Pressley defeated 10-year-old Republican Michael Capuano (AFP/ Getty)

Ayanna Pressley has become Massachusetts's first black congressman. In the primary state, the Democrat defeated Republican 10-year-old Michael Capuano in a considerable political upset. She was already the first black woman to be elected in 2009 in the Boston City Council.

After her election victory, they asked her supporters last night: "Can a congresswoman wear her hair in plaits? Rock a black leather jacket?"

Young Kim

Young Kim is the first Korean-American to be elected for the Congress (AP)

The Republican candidate Young Kim is the first Korean-American woman elected to congress, representing the 39th Congressional District of California. She is herself an immigrant from South Korea and reportedly has divergent opinions from Donald Trump on issues such as immigration and trade.

Deb Haaland

native American Haaland called for the deposition of Donald Trump (Photos Debra Haaland)

Already after being the first Indian woman to preside over a political party of the state, Deb Haaland is now the first native American woman to be chosen alongside Sharice Davids to be elected (see below).

Ms. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and campaigned in which she called for Donald Trump to be deposed and called for more environmental action and universal health care.

Sharice Davids

Davids and Haaland, above, are the first Native American women elected to congress (AP)

Sharice Davids from Kansas won her seat and became the first native American and homosexual woman to be elected to the House.

Mrs. Davids is a lawyer and member of the Ho-Chunk nation. She is also a former MMA fighter (mixed martial arts).

Rashida Tlaib

Democrat Rashida Tlaib outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing (AP)

In 2009, Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim American woman to serve in the Michigan legislature, and the second Muslim woman in history was elected for every US legislature. Her interim election victory makes her the co-founder of the Muslim woman who has been elected congress with Ilhan Omar (see below).

After her historic elections she said: "There are [in congress] becomes important, so that my residents feel that they are sitting at the table, but also someone with a lot of courage to get up and talk. "

Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar speaks at her mid-term election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Reuters)

Minnesotan politician Ilhan Omar is the first Somali American to be elected as a congress. She is also the director of policy and initiatives at the Women Organizing Women Network. She was born in Mogadishu, the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. Her family fled Somalia when the civil war broke out in 1991, and settled in 1995 in the US. She became the very first Somali American to be elected in the US when she was elected to the House of Representatives in Minnesota in 2016.

She said that "the politics of fear" motivated her to take part in the race, and her progressive campaign focused on raising wages, subsidizing higher education and improving access to health care.

Jared Polis

Jared Policy won in Colorado; he is the first open gay governor in the US (Reuters)

Colorado has chosen the first open gay governor of the US. Democrat Jared Polis was also the first openly gay man in the US to be elected to the House of Representatives in 2008.

His gubernatorial campaign was focused on free pre-school education and made Colorado a 100 percent renewable energy state & # 39 ;.

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Lauren Underwood

Represent-elect for Illinois, Underwood was part of the Obama administration (AP)

Lauren Underwood, expert in nursing and health policy, has tracked down Republican Randy Hultgren to secure a seat that represents the fourteenth congressional district of Illinois.

Ms. Underwood began her political career as a special assistant for the Obama administration in 2014. Two years later, Obama appointed her senior adviser to the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped implement Patient Protection and the Affordable Healthcare Law.

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