Look out 115th Congress. Black women ran in the 2016 elections and they won in record numbers! The elections resulted in 20 black women who will be headed to Washington. Including the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate in almost 20 years.
Here’s a brief rundown of just a few of the Black women who came out winners in this week’s historical election.
U.S. Senate California
Kamala Harris is the two-term Attorney General of California, Harris is the first woman, African American and South Asian to serve as Attorney General in California and will be the first African American and South Asian to represent California in the U.S. Senate. She won a decisive victory, garnering more than 2 million more votes than her opponent.
Minnesota, LegislativeDistrict 60B
Ilhan Omar is an experienced policy analyst, community educator and advocate. She currently serves as the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women, where she empowers East African women to take civic leadership roles in their community. Omar is now the first Somali-American Muslim woman ever elected in this country as she is sworn in to the Minnesota State House of Representatives.
In 2005 Catherine Pugh was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates, where she served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Pugh currently serves as the Majority Leader and serves as President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). Pugh won a hotly contested crowd field primary that included the City’s former Mayor Sheila Dixon. Pugh will be Baltimore’s third woman mayor when she is sworn in this January.
Cook County, Illinois
Kim Foxx, most recently was the Chief of Staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County for 12 years. Foxx won a closely watched primary over embattled incumbent State Attorney Anita Alvarez in March. Foxx’s convincing victory with 71% of the vote makes her one of only a hand full of Black women that are State’s Attorneys in the country.
Source: Kimberly Peeler Allen is co-founder of Higher Heights for America, a national organization exclusively dedicated to advancing political power for Black women.
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