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As the 114th year of Congress assembles this Tuesday, it’ll have its biggest number of women and minorities on board in history! In 2015, 84 women will serve in the House, including Mia Love, the first Black woman Republican, and 30-year-old Elise Stefanik who is the youngest woman to be on staff. There will also be 34 Latino descent lawmakers, 10 Asian-Americans and two Native Americans. However, the House and Senate (run by the GOP) are still largely White.

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The numbers are at 101 for women in Congress, and a higher amount of Black women and men for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Statistically the numbers are still technically low, as women are only 20 percent of Congress, but the progress is still notable.

Some other names to be made note are Will Hurd, a Black Republican freshmen from Texas, rounding out 44 Black people in the House, Republican Tim Scott and Democrat Cory Bookerthe two Black senators in Senate. The three Latino senators are (R.) Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Democrat Robert Menendez. The only Asian in the Senate is Democract Mazie Hirono.

There’s still a need for more female representation with women’s rights issues still being challenged. There are now 20 women in the Senate, and for women especially, though the percentages are low, this is great and uplifting for inspiring female politicians. The update goes right in line with how President Obama purposely accepted questions from only female journalists at the last press conference of 2014, in order reveal that women are still regularly passed over for major political news stories.

We’ll be looking forward to seeing more women of color on board in the future. In the meantime, let’s keep pushing on getting Hillary Clinton in The White House for 2017!

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