This story was originally published by The 19th.
New Mexico made history by electing its first United States House delegation made up of all women of color, the result of three races with women present in the two main parties.
Democrat Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women in Congress, was elected for a second term against in the 1st Congressional District; Republican Yvette Herrell, a member of the Cherokee Nation, defeated the incumbent in a closely watched race in the 2nd; and Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez was elected to represent the 3rd District, the first woman to hold the seat since its inception in 1983.
In 1990, Hawaii became the first state to send an all-woman House of Color delegation to Congress when Representatives Patricia Saiki and Patsy Mink were elected. New Hampshire became the first state to have an all-female congressional delegation in 2013, when the senses. Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte and Representatives Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter were elected.
In a race that garnered national attention, Xochitl Torres Small, Democratic incumbent of the 2nd District, was unable to defend his seat against Herrell. Torres Small won a victory over Herrell in 2018, toppling the Democrats’ seat with less than 4,000 votes. The race attracted heavy expenses from both sides. The Republican National Congress Committee has injected nearly $ 5 million into the competition.
Torres Small – a former lawyer specializing in environmental law, healthcare and litigation – has characterized herself as a bipartisan lawmaker. She said she secured resources for small businesses and rural health care providers during the pandemic.
Herrell showed his support for President Donald Trump and highlighted job creation as his top priority. She ran on a platform of reducing regulations in the mining, energy and agricultural industries; invest in public education and vocational training; and reduce taxes.
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In District 3, Fernandez said his top priorities were to make sure all Americans can access affordable health care, reduce the cost of prescription drugs and move to a system where coverage is no longer available. not related to employment. She will replace Democratic Representative Ben Ray Lujan, who ran for the Open Senate seat.
Haaland, the outgoing 1st winner, easily won her second term in the House. The Laguna Pueblo member campaigned for access to abortion, affordable healthcare and renewable energy.
According to Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), at least 243 women have run for House seats across the country, including a record number of Republican women. And Republican women have competed against Democratic women in at least 39 races, another new record.
Correction: Hawaii was the first state to elect a delegation from the House of All Women of Color. The 19 regrets the error.
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