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“I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America’s children.”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 3, 2019

Having just been administered the Oath of Office for an historic second time, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi D-CA12, gavels the House to order saying, “I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America’s children.”

“I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America’s children.”

Nancy Pelosi of California, a Democrat from that state’s 12th District has made history again not only as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, but as the first woman to have ever been twice Speaker of the House. She further joins an even more rarefied group – 7 Speakers who were re-elected to the position, i.e. having served nonconsecutive terms.

The 116th Congress is historic for several other reasons, not just because of a record number of women – 102 – comprising 23.4% of the Members of the House, 36 whom are new members, 3 of whom are openly gay. For example, the House Rules will now allow head coverings by Members on the floor – a first – which was done to accommodate the religious faith of some members – two Muslim women, the first two Muslim women ever to be elected to Congress – Democrat Rashida Tlaib, in Michigan’s 13th District, and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, from that state’s 5th District, one whom (Tlaib) is the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress.

Further, a record number of women of color – 43 – were elected to the House, including our nation’s FIRST two ever Native American women Members of Congress – Democrat Sharice Davids from Kansas’ 3rd District (also that state’s first openly gay Member of Congress), and Democrat Deb Haaland in New Mexico’s 1st District.

Democrat Ayanna Pressley from the 7th District became the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

Democrat Abby Finkenauer from the 1st District, and Democrat Cindy Axne in the 3rd District became Iowa’s first two female Members of the House.

Democrat Veronica Escobar, in Texas’ 16th District, and Democrat Sylvia Garcia, in the 29th District, will be the first Latinas elected to the House from Texas.

And that number of diverse members includes a 29-year old woman, who is the youngest-ever Member of Congress – Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York’s 14th District. TRULY, a momentous occasion on all counts!

Oh… and they’re ALL Democrats! Numbers of Republican women in the House fell to 13 from 23, a decline of 56%.

See also: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/12/18/record-number-women-in-congress/

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