All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

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She will make $174,000 a year as a member of Congress.

And it appears to have come true.

Davids also became the first LGBT Native American elected into Congress when she ousted Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder on Tuesday.

She shocked many in NY politics, including herself, when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Representative Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic congressional primary last.

Eleven women senators were elected, including one freshman - Marsha Blackburn, a GOP U.S. representative, who defeated Tennessee's former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in her bid to become the state's first woman senator.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen.

Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico won their races, becoming the first Native American women in Congress. Davids racked up another distinction as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas. The former Central Intelligence Agency officer beat Tea Party incumbent Dave Brat in no small part through the activism of local liberal women's groups.

Hillary Clinton's surprise defeat to President Donald Trump two years ago, a man who has a history of making sexist remarks, appears to have been a galvanising moment for American women.

Another New York incumbent has secured her seat for an additional term, according to the AP.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles (1600km) away in the state of Iowa, Abby Finkenauer had also joined the ranks of the nation's youngest representatives.

"Together, we mobilized - to stand up for a platform of common-sense gun reform, support for higher education, environmental protection and affordable healthcare", Shalala, a former Health and Human Services secretary in the Clinton administration, tweeted in the wake of her victory over Maria Elvira Salazar.

The vast majority of newly elected women are Democrats. Texans elected Garcia, a former social worker and lawyer, by a wide margin against her Republican opponent. Never forget the hard work it took to get us here. Now, instead of coming up with some long-winded answer about robbing Peter to pay Paul, she just says, "Ah, we'll deal with it later".

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own.

As ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts put it: "For most of our lives we just looked down from the gallery and saw a bunch of guys in gray suits".

Voters in Virginia, New Jersey and Florida were among those contributing to a historic election, choosing at least eight first-time female candidates for Congress. The previous record was 85, set in 2016.

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