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These 5 Jewish Moms Are Headed to Congress

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The 2018 Midterm Election was a historical victory for all women. (Yeah, representation!)

At least 118 women will be headed to Congress in January — a record number that includes some incredibly notable firsts: Sharis Davids and Deb Haaland, both Democrats, are the first Native American women elected to Congress; South Dakota elected Republican Kristi Noem as their first female governor, and among many other notable wins, Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilham Omar will be the first Muslim women to enter Congress.

We’re proud of all the women who marked new territory this election, but we’re particularly kvelling over the Jewish mamas who busted their asses to win seats in the House and Senate. Five new badass ladies are joining veterans Dianne Feinstein, Susan Davis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jan Shakowsky, Nita Lowey, and Suzanne Bonamici in Congress, and we couldn’t be prouder. Read more about them below.

Jacky Rosen (D)

Won: Senate seat in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District

Defeated: Republican incumbent Dean Heller

Campaign focus: Women’s healthcare, gun control, and livable wages

Notable: Rosen has a daughter. Her win solidifies Nevada as a swing state that leans blue.

Kim Schrier (D)

Won: Washington’s 8th Congressional District

Defeated: Republican Dino Rossi to replace retiring incumbent Dave Reichert

Campaign focus: Affordable healthcare, environmental issues, public education

Notable: Schrier, a physician and mom of one, was one of several Jewish candidates depicted clutching cash in Republican opponents’ ads.

Elaine Luria (D)

Won: House seat in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District

Defeated: Republican incumbent Scott Taylor

Campaign focus: Affordable healthcare, strong military, gun control, environmental issues, and equal pay

Notable: After scoring a win that increased Democrats’ chances of taking back the House, the former Navy commander (and mom of one) said she’s “honored to once again answer the call to serve our country.”

Elissa Slotkin (D) 

Won: House seat in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District

Defeated: Incumbent Republican Michael Bishop

Campaign focus: National security and healthcare

Notable: It was Bishop’s policy on healthcare that pushed Slotkin (mom of two) to run for office.

Susan Wild (D) 

Won: House seat in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District

Defeated: Republican Marty Nothstein

Campaign focus: Affordable healthcare for all, women’s rights, and access to well-paying jobs

Notable: Wild’s win marks the end of the Pennsylvania’s boy’s club, as the congressional delegation was formerly made up entirely of men. An excellent example for her two daughters!

Mazel tov to all the winners!

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