The newly elected members of the House of Representatives—or at least those newly elected from the 427 seats that were decided thus far—went to Washington DC Wednesday for a freshman orientation of sorts. Among them were the largest number of women ever elected and several firsts.
Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women ever elected to Congress. Fellow Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Minnesota and Ilhan Omar of Michigan are the first Muslim women ever elected. Democrat Ayanna Presley became the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts.
As is customary, the freshman legislators took group and individual official photos.
CLASS PHOTO: New House members braved chilly temperatures outside the Capitol building as freshman orientation continues – with House leadership in both parties a hot topic after House Democrats picked up more than 30 seats to take control in January. https://t.co/w07ve8gTuV pic.twitter.com/LdW7i9dU37
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) November 14, 2018
To the three newly sworn-in Members from Rochester, NY; Tulsa, OK; and Delaware County, PA, welcome to Congress! pic.twitter.com/tgX4DtMLE6
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 14, 2018
Newly elected House members (of both parties) gathering for class photo. It is 40 degrees out (feels like 34) pic.twitter.com/JLsws29HEv
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) November 14, 2018
This is the most women ever elected to congress. Today the members-elect of the 116th Congress took a group picture. . @sharicedavids bottom left white coat. @41actionnews
📸Mandel Ngan / AFP – Getty Images pic.twitter.com/gYvVnlsgAo
— Steven Dial (@StevenDialTV) November 14, 2018
Once those photos hit social media, people began to remark on a noticeable difference between the Republican and Democratic freshman classes.
House Republicans-elect look pretty different from House Democrats-elect. pic.twitter.com/KSgFVU4cFx
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) November 13, 2018
— Valerie Vaughan 🏔 (@Altitude5280) November 14, 2018
Eye-opening: “Proportion of Democrats who are white men will drop from 41% to 38% while Republican figure will climb from 86% to 90%” https://t.co/PZkyD4PTsT
— Kevin Frisch (@KevinFrisch) November 14, 2018
34 women have become new house members and over 100 will be in the house next session.
— Shai (@shaig) November 9, 2018
A look back to 2016 showed the GOP equally “diverse.”
19 Of the 27 freshman Republican members of House plus leadership. I’ve learned a lot & am excited about the future! pic.twitter.com/uM1CMI9L6H
— James Comer (@KYComer) November 17, 2016
Once the disparity was pointed out, people had plenty to say about it.