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Last night, Donna Brazille, a strategist on CNN said a record number of 38 women of color will be serving in Congress (35 Democrats, three Republicans).

And it appears to have come true. Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress. James had previously served for a decade as a member of the New York City Council, representing Brooklyn's 35th Council. In New York, Letitia James becomes the first woman in New York to be elected as attorney general, the first African-American woman to be elected to statewide office and the first black person to serve as attorney general.

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district. Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer will be Iowa's first women in the House, while Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids made it as America's first Native American women to win in Congress - the latter as the first openly gay Native American in Congress. The former Central Intelligence Agency officer beat Tea Party incumbent Dave Brat in no small part through the activism of local liberal women's groups. The new total includes 28 first-time House members, four more than the record set for freshmen women during the 1992 "Year of the Woman" election.

Learn more about the former teacher of the year here. At age 29, Ocasio Cortez of NY seizes the record from Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected at age 30 in 2014.

There have been other hardships, including having to turn down an annual trip for NY pols to Puerto Rico frequented because it conflicts with orientation for new lawmakers, where they get tips for hiring staff, running an office, and the bare bones of legislating.

Debra Haaland won her election to the U.S. House, where she will represent New Mexico's 1st congressional district, per the AP.

Escobar won a seat to replace El Paso Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

"Together, we mobilized - to stand up for a platform of common-sense gun reform, support for higher education, environmental protection and affordable healthcare", Shalala, a former Health and Human Services secretary in the Clinton administration, tweeted in the wake of her victory over Maria Elvira Salazar. "She will enter Congress as a lawyer and a former mixed martial arts fighter". "Let's get to work!" They are often used to gauge the political climate of the USA, as well as highlighting potential forerunners for the next electoral campaign.

The amount spent on campaigns during this election cycle broke all previous records, experts say.

We won't know the official numbers for several days, but some exit polls showed that it had soared when compared to 2014.

And down in the state of Texas, 19 Black female judges who ran for the first time or re-election for judge positions in Harris County all won.