The 29-year-old New York Democrat skyrocketed into the national spotlight earlier this year after a grassroots campaign and primary victory over 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley. Nevada now has two female senators after Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated incumbent Republican Dean Heller. Women poured into grass-roots groups determined to regain Democratic control of Congress and flooded organizations that trained them to run for office.
In victory speeches across the country, women acknowledged it has been a ground-breaking year.
There are now more women governors, as well.
IL state Rep. Juliana Stratton is the first black woman elected as IL lieutenant governor. On Tuesday, she defeated her Republican opponent to represent New York's Fourteenth District, which includes part of New York City.
With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her upset victory in the primary had all but assured her the House seat, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. "What's different this year is the whole pipeline's getting filled with women", Lake said.
"For me it was especially potent that I was working in the food service industry while running for office because I wasn't, like, reminiscing on some summer job I had when I was a teenager".
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The logistical problem for his keepers: The case is being prosecuted across the East River in federal court in Brooklyn. The eventual panelists will be escorted to and from the federal courthouse by federal marshals.
Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.
In the 115th Congress, 11 states - Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina and Kentucky - had no women in their congressional delegations.
Pennsylvania, which had no women in its 21-member congressional delegation, will now have four.
She takes the record for the youngest woman elected to Congress from Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY who was elected at age 30.
"I am so honoured to share both the ballot and the stage with the many visionary, bold women who have raised their hand to run for public office", said Ayanna Pressley, who became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.
US Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY, was previously the youngest woman when she was elected in 2014 at age 30. Blackburn will be the first female senator to represent her state. And Kansas elected a lesbian former mixed martial arts fighter who will become one of two Native American women elected to Congress for the first time in the nation's history.
Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress: Ilhan Omar, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war, and Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.