In last year's midterm elections, a record-setting 42 new women were elected to Congress. Today, they were sworn into office in a historical ceremony
In last year’s midterm elections, a record-setting 42 new women were elected to Congress. Today, they were sworn into office in a historical ceremony of the most diverse “freshman” class to ever take on Washington D.C. The best part? These women are really, really excited about it. Here are some of the sweetest things they posted on social media in honor of the big day.
Rashida Tlaib, Representative, Michigan 13
Rashida shared two pictures leading up to the swearing-in ceremony, one thanking her kids and one showing her new office on Capitol Hill.
Her sons literally dabbed as she cast her first vote, which is iconic.
Ilhan Omar, Representative, Minnesota 15
Ilhan shared the incredible story of how her father came to Washington D.C. 23 years ago as a refugee.
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Hey, Ilhan’s dad here: Twenty three years ago, my family and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC. We were newly arrived refugees in this country, from a refugee camp in Kenya. I had heard about the promise of America, prosperity for all and hope for a better tomorrow. I could never have dreamed that twenty three years later I would return to the same airport with my daughter Ilhan by my side, the day before she is to be sworn in as the first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress. You, of course, can imagine how emotional this is and why I am incredibly proud of her. It’s an honor to have her represent me and our family is so humbled that Ilhan has the opportunity to serve in our democracy. I wish Ilhan's grandfather could be here to witness this historic moment. He will be here in spirit as Ilhan will place her hand on his Quran for the ceremonial swearing in. Tomorrow, members of Ilhan's team will be covering the events of the day. We all hope you will follow along and share in our excitement for what the New Year will bring. As Ilhan would say, forward together. Nur Mohamed #Hope #ilhan
Debra Haaland, Representative, New Mexico 1
Debra posted pictures of her mother during the open house, and she wore her Pueblo clothing to meet people.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative, New York 14
Alexandria, who’s usually really vocal on social media, has been relatively quiet today, but she did wear white in a poignant tribute to the suffragettes.