8 Firsts Of The New Congress

The demographics of the 113th Congress reflect a changing country.

1. First Black Senator From The South Since the Reconstruction

Tim Scott, Republican from South Carolina

ID: 785683

2. First Openly Gay Senator

Tammy Baldwin, Democrat from Wisconsin

ID: 785688

3. First Buddhist Senator

Mazie Hirono, Democrat from Hawaii

ID: 785702

4. First Hindu Member of Congress

Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii

ID: 785707

5. First All Female Delegation - New Hampshire

Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster both Democrats. Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

ID: 785715

6. First Openly Bi-Sexual Member of Congress

Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat from Arizona

ID: 785734

7. First Female Combat Veterans Elected to Congress

Tammy Duckworth, Democrat from Illinois; Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii

ID: 785741

8. First Senate With 20 Female Senators

ID: 785746

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