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The Road to a More Diverse Congress through Primary Sources

The 116th Congress was sworn into office on January 3, 2019, making history with the youngest and most diverse membership ever.

The 2018 midterm elections resulted in a cascade of historic firsts for Congress, particularly for women (including a record number of women of color) and LGBT candidates. More than 100 women won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, shattering the previous record of 84. Women also made gains in the U.S. Senate, with 12 women winning seats. Among many historically-relevant newcomers to the 116th Congress include the body's first Native American women (Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico) as well as its first Muslim women (Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota). This Congress also ushers in a new generation of younger leaders. Between the 115th and 116th...

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