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Next year's Congress will include a record number of women, while the incoming freshman class will also boast a number of firsts: The first  two Native American women. The first  Somali-American lawmaker. The first  two Muslim women. The first  Palestinian-American woman.
"This is not about me, this is not about the dynamics of any personality," the 29-year-old Latina, who toppled veteran Rep. Joseph Crowley in the New York Democratic primary, told reporters. "This is about uplifting the voice and the message of the fact we need a green new deal. ... We are here to back [Pelosi] up in pushing for 100 percent renewable energy," Ocasio-Cortez added. "This is an encouragement of her."
Along with Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal star with more than 1 million Twitter followers, it includes Abigail Spanberger, an ex-CIA operative who defeated Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a swing district, and Angie Craig, a former medical technology executive who won a seat in the Minneapolis suburbs. None of them are committing to backing Pelosi for Speaker.
At least 129 women were elected to serve in Congress next year -- up from 112 [+17] this current session, according to Quorum, a legislative tracking company. That includes 35 new women in the House and three in the Senate. [38?] ... Other history-makers include Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley (D), who will become the first  black woman to represent Massachusetts. ...California congressional candidate Young Kim appears poised to become the first  Korean-American woman elected to Congress.
"I just want to say, in a new era, where we are focused on talking about what's at stake for the people that we represent, I hope that kind of question is one that we never ask," Omar said at a Congressional Progressive Caucus press conference on Monday. "The same way that I hope we never continuously talk about the 'firsts.' "
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