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New Mexico makes history as first state to elect all women of color to the House

Rep. Deb Haaland, Teresa Leger Fernandez and Yvette Herrell will serve New Mexico’s three congressional districts.

Deb Haaland, Teresa Leger Fernandez, Yvette Herrell Twitter/Wikipedia

New Mexico is officially a pioneer in United States history as it has become the first state to elect all women of color to the House. Representative Deb Haaland, Teresa Leger Fernandez and Yvette Herrell are all a part of the historical moment.

“Tonight, the people of New Mexico have chosen hope over fear, love over hate, community over division, and I am so honored that New Mexicans have chosen me to serve in our nation’s 117th Congress,” Haaland tweeted on Election night (Nov. 3).

Haaland — a member of the Pueblo Tribe and one of the first Native American women elected to Congress in 2018 — won her bid for reelection against challenger Garcia Holmes. She will continue to serve the state’s 1st Congressional District.

Republican Yvette Herrell — a member of the Cherokee nation — was elected to the state’s 2nd Congressional District, beating out incumbent Democratic Representative Xochitl Torres Small with an endorsement from President Donald Trump himself.

“It’s the honor of my life to be elected to serve #NM02,” she tweeted in response to her win. “My commitment to each citizen of our district is that I will serve each of them with integrity as we work together to rebuild our economy and protect the values that make America great!”

As for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez — a native of the state — is the new person in charge. She won against Republican Alexis Johnson to replace Democratic Representative Ben Ray Luján.

“The people of New Mexico have chosen to protect what we love — our democracy, our planet, our families and communities, our health care and our future,” her tweet read. “With this victory, I promise you I will take the courageous action that this historic moment demands. Muchísimas gracias!”

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