Thursday 15 November 2018

Karen Tumulty: 'Women no longer a novelty in US political system - they're the norm'

Democrats celebrate after Laura Kelly is elected governor of Kansas. Photo: REUTERS/Dave Kaup
Democrats celebrate after Laura Kelly is elected governor of Kansas. Photo: REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Karen Tumulty

The aftershock from Hillary Clinton's defeat has been two years in coming, but on Tuesday night it arrived as legions of women were elected to Congress and statehouses across the US. One after another, they won across the map.

Democrat Laura Kelly was elected governor of ruby-red Kansas. Four Democratic women - Madeleine Dean, Mary Scanlon, Christina Houlahan and Susan Wild - will join what had been an all-male congressional delegation from Pennsylvania. Former Navy helicopter pilot Rebecca Michelle 'Mikie' Sherrill flipped New Jersey's 11th congressional district from red to blue.

Texas elected its first Latinas to Congress: State senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston and former El Paso County judge Veronica Escobar. Congress will also have its first two Native American women: Democrats Debra Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas.

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