'Let's do this': US representatives sworn in
January 5, 2021
The 117th U.S. Congress is officially on the clock, and it includes a record number of Indigenous members, among them the first Native Republican woman.
Republican Rep. Yvette Herrell, Cherokee, of New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, and Democratic Rep. Kaiali’i “Kai” Kahele, a Native Hawaiian representing Hawaii’s 2nd District, were sworn in Sunday at the U.S. Capitol. They were joined by Reps. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, Deb Haaland, Laguna and Jemez Pueblos, Tom Cole, Chickasaw, and Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee.
Democrats Haaland, of New Mexico’s 1st District, and Davids, of Kansas’ 3rd District, are serving a second term after being the first two Native women elected to Congress in 2018.