A new analysis from the Center for American Women and Politics highlighted Wednesday that starting next Tuesday, the US House of Representatives will have the largest racial or ethnic diversity of women ever, including new records representing Latina and African-American congressmen. . ,
With the opening of the nation’s 118th Congress next week, 149 women will hold a seat (106 Democrats, 42 Republicans, 1 independent), representing 27.9% of the seats and setting a new record.
However, the CAWP noted the limited diversity of women in the Senate, which remained unchanged, and where there are no African American or Native American women.
Women won two more positions than in the 2022 Congress, though the glass ceiling hasn’t been broken yet.
Both seats were won in the House of Representatives where 124 (91 Democrats and 33 Republicans) won their seats.
Latinas made a breakthrough in the lower house, winning 18 seats (13 Democrats and 5 Republicans). The previous record was set in 2022 when 14 Hispanics managed to win a seat in that chamber.
In the Senate, Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina to win a seat in the chamber, retained her seat for Nevada by winning a close race against her Republican opponent.
Among the new Hispanic faces in the House of Representatives are Democrats Yadira Carveo, the first Latina to represent Colorado, and Delia Ramirez, the first Hispanic to represent Illinois.
The first two Latinas to represent Oregon are also added: Republican Lori Chavez-Deremer and Democrat Andrea Salinas.