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8 Firsts Of The New Congress

The demographics of the 113th Congress reflect a changing country.

Posted on January 3, 2013, at 3:17 p.m. ET

1. First Black Senator From The South Since the Reconstruction

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Tim Scott, Republican from South Carolina

2. First Openly Gay Senator

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Tammy Baldwin, Democrat from Wisconsin

3. First Buddhist Senator

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Mazie Hirono, Democrat from Hawaii

4. First Hindu Member of Congress

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Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii

5. First All Female Delegation - New Hampshire

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Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster both Democrats. Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

6. First Openly Bi-Sexual Member of Congress

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Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat from Arizona

7. First Female Combat Veterans Elected to Congress

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Tammy Duckworth, Democrat from Illinois; Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii

8. First Senate With 20 Female Senators

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