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Davids, Haaland become 1st Native American women elected to Congress

Posted: 9:33 PM, Nov 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 12:42:05Z

The Associated Press has projected Democrats Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland will win their respective races for the U.S. House of Representatives, making them the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

Davids is projected to win in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, unseating Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder. Haaland, a native of Winslow, Arizona, is projected to defeat Republican and former House member Janice Arnold-Jones in New Mexico's 1st District.

Haaland served as New Mexico's Native American vote director during President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and she was the chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico from 2015-17. Davids is an attorney who served as a White House Fellow during the Obama administration.