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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 HaalandDebra HaalandFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet GSA transition delay 'poses serious risk' to Native Americans, Udall says Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration MORE (D-N.M.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats push Biden to pick Haaland as next Interior secretary | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | Wasserman Schultz pitches climate plan in race to chair Appropriations House Democrats push Biden to pick Haaland as next Interior secretary US is far from gender balance in politics despite record year for women candidates MORE (D-Kan.), Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeHouse report says lawmakers could securely cast remote votes amid pandemic Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (R-Okla.) and Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinNext Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year Congress must protect kidney disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic MORE (R-Okla.).

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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 GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year 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.