The government may be shut down, but the House of Representatives was hard at work today welcoming a historic freshman class to its half of the 116th United States Congress. Not only have Democrats taken back the house after two years of complete Republican control in Washington, D.C., but it will also be the first time more than 100 women have served in the body. Fittingly, Nancy Pelosi was re-elected as Speaker of the House, remaining the only woman in history to hold the position, and only the seventh Speaker to serve two nonconsecutive terms.
“I am particularly proud to be the woman Speaker of the House of this Congress, which marks the 100th year of women winning the right to vote. And that we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with more than 100 women in the House of Representatives—the highest number in history,” said Pelosi.
The class also sees the election of America’s first indigenous women and the first two Muslim women, as well as the largest black and Latino caucuses in history. Here, the standout moments from their first day.