Rep. Pocan encouraged by diverse Congress following election

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MADISON (WKOW) — What is already the most diverse Congress is even more so after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

For the first time, a pair of Native American Congresswomen are headed to the House, in addition to two Muslim Congresswomen. Massachusetts and Connecticut will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female Senators.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) tells 27 News he believes the results are positive progress for the country.

“There’s a number of firsts like that,” Pocan said. “I think that just adds to the diversity of Congress, which matches the diversity of the country. So I’m very encouraged by those results.”

A record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019. 95 women have won their House races as of Wednesday. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats.

A record number of LGBTQ candidates ran for office this year, and more than 240 won their races. In the midterm several of them made history, including the first openly gay man to be elected governor; New Hampshire’s first gay Congressman; and a Native American lesbian who won a House seat in Kansas.

Emily Friese

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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