GOP Keeps Congress Despite Some Gains for Minorities
They held firm. Despite a host of challenges, the Senate and House are set to stay red in 2017, meaning the legislative and executive branches will be controlled by Republicans. But Democrats made some notable gains: California’s Kamala Harris is America’s second-ever Black female senator, Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto is its first Latina senator, and Oregon’s Kate Brown is the first openly LGBT governor elected. Even Muslim immigrants, vilified by the president-elect during the campaign, scored a win as Somali-born Ilhan Omar joins Minnesota’s state legislature.