No Other Congress Looked Like This

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I am lovin' the new look of Congress! The women. The diversity. The determination.

The 116th class of Congress broke barriers before its members even set foot in Washington.
One example: Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and the first Somali-American member of Congress, noted the history of her election on Twitter on Wednesday night.
"23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC," she tweeted, along with a photo of her and her father smiling with suitcases. "Today, we return to that same airport on the eve of my swearing in as the first Somali-American in Congress."

Omar is just one of dozens of stories who started a new chapter Thursday. There were record numbers of women sworn in. Muslim women are serving for the first time -- including Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan -- as are Native American women, including Reps. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland. Texas sent the state's first two Latina members to Congress, and two black congresswomen from New England also made history by coming to Washington. The historic firsts come from both parties and at least one member -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York -- is younger than 30.

The party breakdown in the new House of Representatives is 235 Democrats and 199 Republicans, with one congressional race in North Carolina still unresolved. In the Senate, there are now 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, a total that includes two independents who caucus with the Democrats.

Other notable firsts:
Republican Marsha Blackburn has the distinction of being the first female senator from Tennessee.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith made history in the midterms by becoming the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi.
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema became the first female senator elected to represent Arizona. Sinema will also make history as the first openly bisexual senator.

AND you can throw out the Bible of swearing in! This time around the new lawmakers are using the U.S. Constitution, their state Constitution, the Quran, the Eastern Orthodox Bible, a Bible from the USS Arizona.
Among Democrats, 61 of the 281 party members do not identify as Christian.
About half of those are Jewish, 18 declined to name a religious affiliation, three are Muslim, three are Hindu, two are Buddhists, two are Unitarian Universalists and one is not affiliated with a particular religion. Rep. Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania took her oath on her uncle's Bible.
Kyrsten Sinema showed up looking like a newly invented Marilyn Monroe....in an (OMG!!) sleeveless dress. McConnell must have had a stroke.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/politics/new-congress-history-women-diversity/index.html
 
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AND you can throw out the Bible of swearing in! This time around the new lawmakers are using the U.S. Constitution, their state Constitution, the Quran, the Eastern Orthodox Bible, a Bible from the USS Arizona.

Didn't the American Quakers ever establish affirmation, instead of the swearing forbidden by Jesus?
 

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