Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state.
The 29-year-old comfortably beat her Republican opponent, Anthony Pappas, to win in New York's 14th District.
Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist, had previously worked on Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Commenting on the Democrats taking the House, CNN's Van Jones pointed to the diversity of candidates that won seats in this midterms.
A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress. In all, 237 were candidates for the House, including 185 Democrats and 52 Republicans. Thousands of women have upended their lives over the last two years join the army of organizers devoted to changing politics and electing Democrats in the midterms. (Republicans retained control of the Senate.) This means we might see Trump's tax returns after all, and we'll likely not have to go through another Affordable Care Act repeal in the next two years.
"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian". Cindy Axne, a small business owner, was one of two women to win a House seat in Iowa.
Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo who was born in Winslow, Ariz., is a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Several were first-time candidates.
Election Day brought some big and historic wins for Democrats across NY. The Democrat ran unchallenged in the general election after she unseated the incumbent, 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, in a seemingly improbable upset that was all part of a larger "Blue wave" of Black women candidates winning primaries across the country.
Republican women were animated by their own issues, including fears of borders being overrun and a backlash to the #MeToo movement.
In defeating Democrat Phil Bredesen, GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator, MA sent the state's first black woman to Congress in Democrat Ayanna Pressley and Texas elected their first two Latinas to Congress, sending Democrats Veronica Escobar of El Paso and Sylvia Garcia of Houston to the House.