116th Congress convenes, with women at the helm

The 116th Congress convenes on Thursday, with a full day ahead for lawmakers.

Newly-elected lawmakers will be sworn in tomorrow at 12 noon, with Democrats holding the majority of seats in the House of Representatives — which makes Thursday President Trump’s first day dealing with a divided Congress.

Ending the government shutdown figures at the top of the list of Congress’s priorities, with Democratic House leaders promising more oversight and investigation into the Trump administration.

Among the newest representatives in the house is Fil-Am Democrat TJ Cox, the state of California’s first congressman of Filipino ancestry.

Speaking of the 116th Congress, you may notice this session class includes more women.

According to the Pew Research Center, 102 women will serve this incoming House of Representatives — making up nearly a quarter of the 435 House members.

About a third of them are first-timers.

At the helm will also be a woman, Representative Nancy Pelosi, to serve as House speaker. She last served as speaker from 2007 to 2011.

Women will also make up 25 of the 100 seats in the Senate, including 5 first-timers.

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