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Historic Wave of Women Elected to Congress

November 7, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the following statement in response to the 2018 Midterm elections.

“It’s a new day in America today thanks to voters making history at the polls and electing the highest number of women ever to serve in the United States Congress while bringing even greater diversity to our federal and state offices.

Last night’s results sent a clear and resounding message: The American voters want the House of Representatives to fulfill its duty as a check on this Administration’s rampant corruption and stand up to the President’s hateful rhetoric and divisive policies.

With at least 117 women being sworn into the 116th Congress this January, we are well on our way to fulfilling that oversight role and ensuring equal representation of the needs and rights of hardworking Americans and their families. We have a record number of women of color as well as a record number of nonincumbent women; the first Native American women, including the first openly lesbian Member to represent Kansas in Congress; the first Muslim women; and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. We are also celebrating the first openly gay man to be elected governor in our country’s history, and Massachusetts and Connecticut electing the first black women to serve as their Members of Congress.

I look forward to serving with every one of the women coming to Congress and to supporting the wave of women in our state and local offices. I also look forward to working with the men who are equally committed to truth, equality, and serving the American people. I am excited by the many possibilities we have before us these next two years.

I want everyone to know that I will continue my fight for core American values, including health care for all, strengthening Social Security, and fighting for the rights of women, people of color, and our LGBTQ communities while refusing to back down in my work to eradicate government corruption, including rampant waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. Creating better job opportunities to strengthen our economy and provide more Americans with a living wage while fixing our country’s crumbling infrastructure will be among the first order of business.

Though we have a long way to go on many critical issues I know that this historic group of women leaders will accomplish many of those goals and even greater things going forward.”