Record number of women elected to Congress
Tuesday night’s midterm elections produced historic results across the country.
For the first time in years, democrats regained control of the House with a record number of women elected to Congress.
As of Wednesday, 98 women were projected to win House races, meaning that at least 100 women will be serving in the House come January.
This beats the previous record of 85 female representatives.
Adam Hoffman, Associated Professor of Political Science at Salisbury University told us he believes this change in demographic could mean a shift in the congressional agenda.
Hoffman said, “A lot of research says that to some extent women govern and represent differently they might be concerned with different issues than some male representatives are.”
Having this record breaking number of women elected to Congress may signal a permanent change in our nation’s political landscape.
Locals we spoke to on Wednesday say they’re okay with that change.
Betty Showell said, “I just hope the women keep it up.”
Dean Adkins said, “Well I have no problem with women in any kind of position. I just think whether democrat or republican, they just need to get along and make a better country and that’s all.”
Many of these women are democrats.
Hoffman said, “As the demographics change in this country, not that we have an increase in women, but certainly that we have an increase in people of color, if the youth vote increases then you have basically potentially a stronger coalition for the democrats going forward.”
On Tuesday, the democrats needed to win 218 seats in the House to overtake the republicans. They ended up getting 221 seats in the House, whereas the republicans got 198 seats.
This is the first time since 2010 that the democrats have overtaken the republicans in the House.
Hoffman said, “Historically, in midterm elections the presidents party loses seats and the opposite party gains seats, you saw exactly that.”
On top of the historic amount of women elected, it will be the most diverse Congress in the history of the United States.
We now have representation from black women, Muslim women, the LGBTQ community and more.
The official results of the midterm election are expected to come in soon.
We will be sure to update you with those numbers right here on 47ABC.com.