Photo of the Week: The Two American Indian Women in Congress at Work

Rep. Sharice Davids watching Rep. Deb Haaland at the Speaker’s chair in Congress on Thursday.

Published March 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — They were first elected to Congress last November. They became the first two female American Indians ever elected to Congress. They were sworn in to the 116th Congress in January. It took that many — 116. So, when they were elected history was made.

Then, this past Thursday afternoon history was made once again. One, who happens to be the eldest of the two, presided over Congress. Taking her spot at the Speaker’s chair was Rep. Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna), who serves the 1st Congressional District on New Mexico, became the first female American Indian to ever to sit in the Speaker’s chair during debate. Haaland presided over debate on H.R. 1, the For the People Act.

Rep. Haaland, the first female American Indian to ever prside over a debate in Congress at the Speaker’s chair.

Over in her office in the Longworth House Office Building, Rep. Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation), who represents the Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, watched Rep. Haaland preside over the debate.

Soon thereafter, Rep. Davids posted the Photo of the Week that we dubbed “The Two American Indian Women in Congress at Work” on her congessional Facebook page with the following caption:

“Watching my friend, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, become the first Native American woman to sit in the Speaker’s chair and preside over the House Floor.”

The For the People Act is House Democrats’ transformative bill aimed at ending corruption in politics and ensuring fair access to the ballot box. After the Thursday debate, the House of Representatives passed the measure on Friday, March 8, 2019.


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