Friday, November 18, 2016

The "Good News" From November 2016 Election from MsRepresentation...

Local Recap

Malibu: Jennifer DeNicola was not successful in her race. We thank her for the courage to run!

Santa Monica City CouncilL Gleam Davis was reelected!

Santa Monica College Board of Trustees: Both Susan Aminoff and Margaret Quinones Perez reelected!

Assembly: Laura Friedman won her race!
Christy Smith was not successful in her race. We thank her for the courage to run!
Cristina Garcia reelected (and also, incoming chair of Women's Legislative Caucus)!

CA Senate: Kamala Harris won (retaining a seat for women in the Senate)!

Congress: Nanette Barragan won (retaining a seat for women in the House)!

Two glass ceilings smashed by down-ballot women (from “MsRepresentation”)

Let’s welcome some fresh(wo)men to politics. Say hello to Ilhan Omar, who will represent Minnesota in the House of Representatives, our country’s first Somali-American legislator. In other down-ballot, glass-ceiling-shattering news, there’s a new sheriff in town (if you live in Jefferson County, Texas). Zena Stephens, the first black female Texas sheriff, was elected with 51.4% of the vote and will replace a 20-year veteran.

On Senate diversity: more is better, but this deserves celebration (From “MsRepresentation”)

For the first time, two female biracial senators have won Senate seats (side note: how did it take this long?). Tammy Duckworth, a half-Thai Illinois Democrat, flipped the seat and will replace Mark Kirk after winning 54.4% of the vote.

Out west, former California Attorney General Kamala Harris is something of a double first – the first California senator of Indian descent and the country’s first black female senator in nearly two decades. It’s about time! She will replace retiring Senate stalwart Barbara Boxer.

Another former Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto from Nevada, will fill the vacancy left by retiring minority leader Harry Reid. She becomes the first Latina senator.

While the number of women of color in the Senate quadrupled (from one to four), and women are only 21% of the Senate still means there’s plenty of room for improvement. Let’s get to it!

The House wins with eight of a kind (From “MsRepresentation”)

Better than a royal flush, eight new women were elected to the House. The fresh(wo)men include Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), Nannette Barragan (D-California), Lisa Blunt (D-Delaware), Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida), Val Demmings (D-Florida), Carol Shea-Porter (D-New Hampshire), Claudia Tenney (R-New York), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington). Congress is now a little more diverse because of these wins, and I’m all in for that.

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