Rep. Lauren Underwood “is an American nurse and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district as a member of the Democratic Party.” Thank you to wikipedia for that sentence. There are some very good links in there. As the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress, people might think she has a lot of catching up to do. Not so. Underwood worked in the Obama Administration in 2014 and later worked as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services, back in the days when the Secretary of HHS actually cared about the well-being of their fellow Americans. Read more
Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by disgraced HHS Secretary Tom Price and the just generally disgraceful Newt Gingrich. I’ll repeat it. Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by Newt Gingrich. Gingrich held the seat for 20 years and used it to empower Republicans by dividing the country. The seat was also held for 12 years by Tom Price. Remember him? He was Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Let’s let wikipedia tell us how his political story ended: Read more
Ayanna Pressley was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. Ten years later she is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in the state primary, 59 percent to 41 percent, Pressly will represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population. Endorsed by President Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly defeated veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June, Pressley joins a large group of freshmen congresspeople heading to Washington DC this January.
Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Ilhan Omar, and the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. Thanks to wikipedia for that sentence. I have been writing these political talent crushes for a few weeks now and I realize that politics is incredibly complicated.
Jacky Rosen will join Senator Catherine Cortez Masto as the second female Senator of Nevada. Senator Masto is both the first woman elected to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate as well as the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Endorsed by retiring Senator Harry Reid, Masto’s victory depended on the overwhelming support of Clark County, home to over 70 percent of Nevada’s population. Jacky Rosen would win in Clark County as well, setting up a divide similar to what was once true in statewide California elections. Republicans carry less populated counties but lose elections because of more densely populated voting for Democrats.
On November 6, 2018, Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s first Somali-American state representative made history once again: She is now the country’s first Somali-American elected to Congress. Along with Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, she is also the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. State Rep. Omar, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the race to represent the state’s Fifth District, which covers Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, Golden Valley and other suburbs. Read more
Given the abysmal voting practice of white women in the midterm election, it was clear to me that I needed to brush up on my talking points around race. There is obviously so much work to be done. I was frankly floored that white women voted for conservative white men at rates higher than in the 2016 Presidential election. Shocking considering the garbage pulled by the current administration. Read more