By Sam Isenberg and Luke McLaughlin, Seniors
Why should iPrep students care about the newly elected 116th House of Representatives?
The 116th House of Representatives is historically the most diverse House of Representatives. This House of Representatives contains 106 women and 115 minorities, beating the 2015 record of 92 women and 105 minorities.
This new House of Representatives mirrors the diverse environment found within iPrep. This showing of diversity will help minority students generation feel more represented by their elected officials. These minorities include the first Muslim woman, Somali-American, openly gay member, and a record number of women. Read about some of the “firsts”:
First Muslim Women
Rashida Tlaib (D) and Ilhan Omar (D) are the first Muslim women to serve in The House of Representatives.
First Native American Women
Sharice Davids (D) and Deb Haaland (D) are the first Native American women to serve in the The House of Representatives.
First Ecuadorian-American and South American Immigrant
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) is the first Ecuadorian-American and first South American immigrant to serve in the The House of Representatives. She represents Florida’s 26th Congressional district and volunteered in campaigns for Barack Obama and John Kerry.
First for Texas: Latina Representatives
Sylvia Garcia (D) and Veronica Escobar (D) will be Texas’s first Latina representatives.
First Openly Gay Member
New Hampshire will send its first openly gay member of The House of Representatives, Chris Pappas (D), representing New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district. His favorite show is Seinfeld.
First Woman Under 30 Years Old
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) is the youngest woman to serve in The House of Representatives at 29 years-old.
Some things to know about me include my pride in my Jewish culture. I am a big fan of music and story-rich games such as Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced edition.
I have a passion for culture and art from all over the world, such as music and video games.