Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Little Color In The Senate!

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Attorney General Kamala Harris and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto were elected to the Senate. The Senate now has a record number of women in office.

While I have taken a moment away from the political dogfights, I happen to at least smile knowing that Democrats scored a little success post election.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) survive their reelection bids. They continue to be fixtures in an already broken Washington. And they continue to build their political fortunes on being the party still stuck in the past.

The night was bad for the Dems. But on a positive note, Democrats managed to keep a hold on Nevada, California and pick off New Hampshire and Illinois.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), California Attorney General Kamala Harris, New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan, and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto were elected to the Senate.

Duckworth an Iraq war veteran quadruple amputee will be the second Asian American woman elected to the senate. She served as U.S. Representative for three terms. She was a sure favorite among Democrats in the state. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) made the fatal error of telling a racially insensitive joke in the face of an Army veteran. Duckworth's father is White and her mother is from Thailand.

Harris is the current Attorney General of California. She beat Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in a competitive but yet historical fight for the seat once occupied by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Harris is part Indian-American and African American. She will be the third of both Asian and Black race serving in the senate.

Catherine Cortez Masto was the former Attorney General of Nevada. She would beat Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) in a very competitive seat being vacated by outgoing Minority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Cortez Masto's parents are immigrants from Mexico and she's passionate about the rights of immigrants. She will be the first Latina elected to the senate.

Governor Maggie Hassan is the current governor of New Hampshire. She fended off a formidable opponent in Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The race was heavily favored for Ayotte. Even I was off the point. Matter of fact, most pollsters were really off on each election. I mean it was a nail biter to say at least.

Look Democrats were outmatched. Plain and simple. Republicans have such disdain for President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and it was pretty easy for President-elect Trump to overwhelmingly win the majority of Republicans.

I am pleased to see that the senate isn't just full of old White people.

Women who are serving in the 115th Congress as Senators.

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

African Americans - Kamala Harris (D-CA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Asian Americans - Kamala Harris (D-CA). Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Hispanic Americans - Ted Cruz (R-TX). Dean Heller (R-NV). Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Marco Rubio (R-FL)

LGBT - Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

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