Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year

Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year
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This year saw a record number of Native Americans elected to Congress, with at least six candidates winning election and reelection. 

The six victories were all in House races, CBS News reports. The winners include Reps. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandSenate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Sanders opposes Biden Interior nominee in procedural vote OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Judge halts Biden pause on new public lands oil leasing | Democrat presses Haaland on oil and gas review | EPA puts additional delay on Trump lead and copper in drinking water rule MORE (D-N.M.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Is nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure MORE (D-Kan.), Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeNow that earmarks are back, it's time to ban 'poison pill' riders Parade of 2024 GOP hopefuls court House conservatives Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84 MORE (R-Okla.) and Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinOvernight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (R-Okla.).


Two non-incumbents also made up the record slate of wins in the House, including Hawaii state Senator and Rep.-elect Kai Kahele (D), who will fill outgoing Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE’s (D-Hawaii) seat, as well as Rep.-elect Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), who defeated Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) this week.

Indian Country Today was first to report the news Wednesday.

According to the news outlet, 13 Native Americans ran in House races this week.

With the recent wins by Herrell and Haaland in New Mexico, along with the victory secured by Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez for the state’s 3rd congressional district, the state has became the first in the nation to elect all women of color to its House delegation.

History was also written this week in Kansas, where Christina Haswood, a Navajo Nation member, won election to the state legislature at the age of 26, becoming the youngest in history to do so, according to The Guardian.