JANUARY 3, 2019

HO CHUNK SHARICE DAVIDS AND LAGUNA PUEBLO DEB HAALAND SWORN IN AS US REPRESENTATIVES–FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN IN CONGRESS

The 2018 elections brought to Congress two Native American women—the first Native American women to be seated.  Sharice Davids, a Democrat, won Kansas’ 3rd District serving Kansas City, Kansas.  Born May 22, 1980, in Frankfurt, Germany, to a single mother serving in the U.S. Army, Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri—Kansas City (2007) and a law degree from Cornell University (2010).  Sharice competed in Mixed Martial Arts at amateur and professional levels.  A White House Fellow, 2016-17, she is openly gay.  Debra Haaland, also a Democrat, won New Mexico’s 1st District serving Albuquerque.  Born in Winslow, Arizona, December 2, 1960, Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts (1994) and law degree (2006) from the University of New Mexico.  Deb served as tribal administrator, San Felipe Pueblo, 2013-15, and chaired the New Mexico Democratic Party, 2015-17.

Sources:  “DAVIDS, Sharice (1980 - ),” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.  Retrieved 8/14/2019, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000629
“HAALAND, Debra (1960 - ),” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.  Retrieved 8/14/2019, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H001080
Photos:  U.S. House, 2019. Public Domain.

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