Deb Haaland Is One Step Closer To Becoming The First Native American Woman In Congress

"I have never seen myself in that body of our government."

After winning the primary for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District on Tuesday night, Deb Haaland is that much closer to making history and becoming the first Native American woman in Congress.


"Tonight, New Mexico made history," Haaland told CNN. "[ This is a] victory for working people, a victory for women and a victory for everyone who has been sidelined by the billionaire class."

Haaland is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, a federally recognized Native American tribe. Native Americans account for 10 percent of New Mexico's population, according to the state's Indian Affairs Department. 

"In 230 years, there's never been a Native American woman in Congress. I have never seen myself in that body of our government," Haaland told ABC News. 

Haaland has a long history in politics. In 2008, she volunteered in former President Barack Obama's campaign. She also served has the chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 

"I think it's important to always have diversity, in our Congress or anywhere, but you also need diversity not just for women of color who are most underrepresented, but diversity in different walks of life," Haaland told ABC. 

She will face Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in the November elections. 


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