U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, a Ho-Chunk Nation tribal citizen, was reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Kansas 3rd congressional district. Davids, a Democrat, flipped a Republication-held seat in 2018 to become one of the first Native American women to be elected to the U.S. Congress in American history. 

Davids faced one of the most contested seats in the country in a rematch against Amanda Adkins, a Republican she beat in 2020 by 10 points. The 3rd congressional district was redrawn by the GOP-led Kansas legislature in hopes Davids would be defeated. Davids met the challenge by campaigning hard in a more rural district than she previously represented.

The Associated Press called the race for Davids at 11:06 p.m. - EST. With 93 percent of the vote in, Davids had 55.0 percent; Adkins had 42.8 percent.

According to Sharice Davids for Congress, she was raised by a single mom who spent more than 20 years serving in the U.S. Army. She graduated from Leavenworth High School, and became the first person in her family to attend college working her way from Johnson County Community College to Cornell Law School. While in college, she managed multiple jobs while attending school.

Davids went on to work in economic and community development on American Indian reservations, helping federally recognized tribes create programs and initiatives for economic growth. Her community work inspired her to apply for the White House Fellows program, where she later served in theU.S. Department of Transportation under President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.

Since serving in Congress, Davids has become a champion for Indian Country. She was elected to her third term on Tuesday.

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Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is a staff reporter for Native News Online who is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Thompson has reported on political unrest, tribal sovereignty, and Indigenous issues for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Indian Country Today, Native News Online, Powwows.com and Unicorn Riot. He has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Voice of America on various Indigenous issues in international conversation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.