First Native American women elected to Congress: Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland


Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress, CNN has projected.

In New Mexico, Haaland will replace Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who left the seat to run for governor, and Davids will takeover from Kansas GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder.
Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, according to their respective campaigns.
The predicted wins for the two Native American women will mark a huge milestone in the US political system.
Davids identifies as a lesbian, that would primarily make her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas. She is a lawyer and a former mixed martial arts fighter.
Haaland won her district’s primary in June, which put her in position to take the general election against Republican congressional nominee Janice Arnold-Jones. CNN rated the district “solid Democrat.’
CNN rated the seat that Davis is set to win as “lean Democrat.”
Native Americans had previously brought legal action over supposed voter suppression again this cycle, with the Spirit Lake Tribe filing a complaint in October against North Dakota over a voter identification law the tribe said disenfranchised voters living on reservations.
According to the Campaign Legal Center, federal Judge Daniel Hovland denied a request last week from the tribe for an order stopping the ID requirement.
-CNN News

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