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Deb Haaland to become one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress

Joshua Panas
November 07, 2018 01:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Democrat Deb Haaland has become one of the first Native American women to serve in the U.S. Congress.

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"Tonight New Mexico, you're sending one of the very first Native American women to Congress," Haaland said in her victory speech. "Today we all came together and we said we all still believe in the American dream and in democracy and, hope we still believe America is stronger when we work together. We believe diversity makes us great and, together we've made history for New Mexico and for America."

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, beat Janice Arnold-Jones, a Republican, and Lloyd Princeton, a Libertarian, for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District seat.

"70 years ago Native Americans right here in New Mexico couldn't vote, can you believe that? Growing up in my mother's pueblo household and growing up as a 35th generation New Mexican, I never imagined being represented by someone who looked like me," Haaland said. 

Haaland’s victory keeps the seat in the Democrat’s possession for at least two more years.

She takes over for Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has become the governor-elect of the state of New Mexico.

Haaland is the former Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, whose platform is grounded in progressive values.

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