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

2. First Openly Gay Senator

Tammy Baldwin, Democrat from Wisconsin

3. First Buddhist Senator

Mazie Hirono, Democrat from Hawaii

4. First Hindu Member of Congress

Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii

5. First All Female Delegation - New Hampshire

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

6. First Openly Bi-Sexual Member of Congress

Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat from Arizona

7. First Female Combat Veterans Elected to Congress

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

8. First Senate With 20 Female Senators

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