Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids reached landmarks in the US’ Midterm elections. The two women won seats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, becoming the first two Native American women in Congress.
Haaland, a Democrat from New Mexico and single mom is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. She had previously served as chair of the state’s Democratic Party.
At 57, Haaland is still paying her student loans and previously was on food stamps. She told the Albuquerque Journal in an interview when she made comments on New Mexicans and the needed for a projection of their struggle.
“It seemed like this election, voters wanted somebody who understood what it was like for the vast majority of New Mexicans,” she said. “People struggling to find enough work, to make a little bit of money, to be able to support their families. There’s people in this state who have never had an opportunity to take their family on a summer vacation. I just feel like I know what it’s like.”
Davids, on her part is the first LGBT representative in Kansas and is a lesbian.
She is a Democrat and a member of Ho-Chunk Nation while also making history as the LGBT woman of color in Congress.