First lesbian Native American gets a seat in Congress in this midterm elections

Cheryl Kahla
Nov 07, 2018
08:48 P.M.

Sharice Davids defeated Republican representative Kevin Yoder for Kansas's seat on Tuesday, becoming the first lesbian, Native American woman in Congress.


Davids, an attorney who worked with former President Barack Obama won by nine percent and shared the milestone with Deb Haaland from New Mexico's District.

Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, while Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Read more on Twitter, @amomama_usa.

Since the first Congress met in 1789, more than 10,000 people have served at its behest, but Davids and Haaland are the first Native American women.


Both women made history, and Davids is also the first openly LGBTQ member in the race for Congress seat.

Davids has lived and worked on Native American reservations, and currently resides in Kansas City area where she attended the Johnson County Community College and Cornell Law School.

After that, she served as a White House fellow during the end of the Obama administration. She recently said it was "a tough place to be a woman."


Davids added: "I’ve been put down, pushed aside, knocked out. It’s clear Trump, and the Republicans in Washington don’t give a damn about anyone like me or anyone who doesn’t think like them.”

One of Davids main points during her campaign was saying that gun violence must be treated as a public health crisis.

She also voiced support for expanding Medicaid's health coverage for more American citizens, and critical of President Trump's tax cuts.


But Davids wasn't the only one smashing records. Over in Michigan and Minnesota, the seats were won by to Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, respectively.

In Texas, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first Latina woman in Congress, taking two seats, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Over in Georgia, Stacey Abrams became the nation’s first African-American female governor.

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