Joe Biden has been elected the next president of the United States, but the 2020 election saw another very important win. The nation is celebrating a number of first when it comes to diversity, and the representation has never been more diverse.
Many candidates from underrepresented communities were elected to serve at state and local levels, and we’ll see a record number of Native American women in the US government.
Three out of 18 Native American women were elected to the US House of Representatives this week.
Democrat Deb Haaland is a Laguna Pueblo member that will represent New Mexico. Sharice Davids is a Ho-Chunk Nation member that will represent Kansas, and both of them managed to retain their seats after they became the first Native American women elected to Congress back in 2018.
Republican Yvette Herrell – a Cherokee, will represent New Mexico. She’s the first Republican Native American elected to Congress, and New Mexico has become the first state to have two indigenous women as congressional representatives.
During this National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage month, more Native American women have been elected to Congress than ever before! We are inspired by their leadership & encouraged by increasing representation for Indigenous people in Congress. https://t.co/zezPMY9Qfo
— Women’s Foundation (@WomensFndnMN) November 5, 2020
Proud of the confidence New Mexicans have in me to work for our families and bring their voices to Congress.
Can’t wait to continue delivering for New Mexico next Congress! pic.twitter.com/Dkc2zwDj2j
— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) November 4, 2020
At least 18 Native American women ran for congressional office in 2020, which is the highest number in any single election cycle. The number is notably higher than just the two women Native American women that ran for office in 2016, one in 2012, and two in 2008.
Nine of those 18 women were Democrats, while nine were Republicans.
Historically, Native American women have been underrepresented as candidates.
This year, at least 18 Native American women ran for congressional office, the highest number in any single election cycle.
— 19thnews (@19thnews) November 5, 2020