After the US midterm elections, a total of 37 Latinos will be in the House of Representatives to replace the 34 former seats; 2 more will continue in the Senate (Ted Cruz and Bob Menéndez) thanks to the Hispanic vote that increased considerably compared to the elections of two years ago.
But history is not only made for Hispanics this time, since the presence of women in seats also marks a milestone by having more than 100 women in the United States Congress, highlighting youth, race and religion besides the quantity.
Among the standouts is Michelle Lujan Grisham, who succeeds Susana Martinez and will be the governor of New Mexico, as well as the only Hispanic to hold this seat in the country. This case is similar to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the district 14 of New York, that took the majority of votes becoming at age 29 the youngest woman elected to Congress.
Sylvia García and Verónica Escobar are other Latina women who have obtained a seat in these elections, winning districts 26 and 29 of Texas; also Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the 26th district of florida. In more Latino representation, Jesús Chuy García succeeds Luis Gutiérrez in the 4th district of Illinois, Anthony Delgado will represent the 19th district of New York and Mike Levin in the 49th district of California.
Deb Haaland, 57, not only is part of the conglomerate of women present at the Congress since January, but also, along with Sharice Davids, the first Indian to hold a seat in that country. Davids, besides being indigenous, also becomes the first female homosexual to win a seat in Congress, so with both, two significant communities in the United States will have a representative.
Rashida Tlaib, together with Ilhan Omar, will be the first Muslim women to hold a seat within the US Congress since 2019. Together with them, Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes made history as the first African-American women to represent Massachusetts and Connecticut respectively in Congress, as well as Donna Shalala, the first female Democrat to reach the House of Representatives in Florida's 27th district.
All these winners of the elections, belong to the US Democratic caucus, which despite not getting a large majority or the expected numbers, increased their presence in the House and may face the Trump government.