The 116th Congress convened Thursday — and it is the most diverse in U.S. history.
Over 100 women, over 50 black members, 39 Hispanic members, 10 LGB people, two Native American women, and two Muslim women were among the senators and representatives sworn in.
This watershed moment was celebrated on Twitter, as it also means Democrats take control of the House of Representatives and can provide an important check on the power of the Trump administration. As many noted in their posts today, this diverse body represents "Trump's worst nightmare."
See a sampling from the swearings-in and celebrations below.
Sí, se puede. pic.twitter.com/Mdkf01qKZQ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 2, 2019
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 3, 2019
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 3, 2019
History in the making today, with a record number of women and the most diverse group of representatives ever being sworn in. Excited to see fresh voices and new energy. #116thCongress https://t.co/Ehm22AmlGC
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) January 3, 2019
The #116thCongress so far:
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi
- Chairman Adam Schiff
- Chairman Elijah Cummings
- Chairwoman Maxine Waters
- Trump’s worst nightmare
- Pelosi says Trump can be indicted while still in office
- Trump is going to prison
- It’s still only 9am
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 3, 2019
— Sharice Davids (@sharicedavids) January 2, 2019
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) January 3, 2019
It’s a new day for the U.S. Congress. Today, the most diverse U.S. House of Representatives in the history of our country will be sworn-in.
America and Congress will be better because of it. #RepresentationMatters #116thCongress pic.twitter.com/QCwl3jRQTd
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) January 3, 2019
Today’s the day: ready to hit the ground running and deliver real results under a DEMOCRATIC House of Representatives! #DemsTakeTheHouse
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 3, 2019