Women Record Several ‘Firsts’ With Wins In U.S. Senate, Elsewhere


Kamala Harris, Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Tammy Duckworth made historic inroads on Election Day, becoming, respectively, the first biracial woman in the Senate, the first Latina senator, and the first Thailand-born senator.

And in the House of Representatives, Pramila Jayapal of Washington state was one of several candidates of Indian origin to claim office, in a group that includes Harris (whose mother is an Indian-American) and new House members Ro Khanna of California and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois. All are Democrats.

In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar also wrote her name in the history books, winning a state race to become the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S.

With their historic overtones, the three U.S. Senate wins by Harris, Masto and Duckworth — in California, Nevada, and Illinois — highlighted the good news for Democrats on a day when they’d been hoping to put the first woman in the White House.


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