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Record Number Of Women Elected To U.S. House

Americans elected a record number of women to the U.S. House in the 2018 midterms.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, with a few tight races still left to call, there were at least 96 women elected to the House ― including at least 40 women of color ― reaching a historic high. 

Currently there are 84 women serving in the House of Representatives, according to the Los Angeles Times. The previous record high was 85 congresswomen, per the Congressional Research Service.

Several women elected to Congress on Tuesday night will be sure to go down in America’s history books: Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota became the first Muslim women elected to the body, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York became the youngest congresswoman ever, at age 29. Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman out of Massachusetts.

New Democratic congresswomen: Rashida Tlaib in Michigan, Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New Yo


Rashida Tlaib; Scott Eisen/Getty Image; J Pat Carter for the Washington Post; Emilie Richardson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New Democratic congresswomen: Rashida Tlaib in Michigan, Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota.

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