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Swearing in a historically diverse Congress

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) poses with a Koran for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 3, 2019. The 116th Congress has the most diverse House membership in history, including a record number of women and Latinos, and the first two Muslim and Native American women elected to Congress. There are a record-breaking 102 women who will serve in the 435-seat House during the 2019-2020 session.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) poses with a Koran for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 3, 2019. The 116th Congress has the most diverse House membership in history, including a record number of women and Latinos, and...more

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) poses with a Koran for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 3, 2019. The 116th Congress has the most diverse House membership in history, including a record number of women and Latinos, and the first two Muslim and Native American women elected to Congress. There are a record-breaking 102 women who will serve in the 435-seat House during the 2019-2020 session. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first Palestinian-American woman and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, was sworn in on Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran. The book was translated by George Sale into English in 1734 and currently resides in the Library of Congress. Tlaib wore a traditional embroidered Palestinian dress called a thobe.

(Correction: a previous version of this slideshow incorrectly stated Tlaib was the first Palestinian-American in Congress. She is the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.)

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first Palestinian-American woman and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, was sworn in on Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran. The book was translated by George Sale into English in 1734 and currently...more

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first Palestinian-American woman and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, was sworn in on Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran. The book was translated by George Sale into English in 1734 and currently resides in the Library of Congress. Tlaib wore a traditional embroidered Palestinian dress called a thobe. (Correction: a previous version of this slideshow incorrectly stated Tlaib was the first Palestinian-American in Congress. She is the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.) REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) celebrates with most of the House Democratic women after a group photograph was taken of them all on the second day of the new 116th Congress. 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) celebrates with most of the House Democratic women after a group photograph was taken of them all on the second day of the new 116th Congress. REUTERS/Leah Millis

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) celebrates with most of the House Democratic women after a group photograph was taken of them all on the second day of the new 116th Congress. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) poses with a Koran.

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Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) poses with a Koran. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) poses with a Koran. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Hannah Gaber-USA TODAY

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Hannah Gaber-USA TODAY
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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) is one of the first two Native American women seated in Congress.

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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) is one of the first two Native American women seated in Congress. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) is one of the first two Native American women seated in Congress. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) swore in on a law book. She is the first openly bisexual person in the Senate, and Arizona's first woman senator.

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) swore in on a law book. She is the first openly bisexual person in the Senate, and Arizona's first woman senator. Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) swore in on a law book. She is the first openly bisexual person in the Senate, and Arizona's first woman senator. Jack Gruber-USA TODAY
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Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) poses with a Gullah language New Testament.

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Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) poses with a Gullah language New Testament. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) poses with a Gullah language New Testament. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is one of the first two black women elected to Congress from New England.

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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is one of the first two black women elected to Congress from New England. Hannah Gaber-USA TODAY

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is one of the first two black women elected to Congress from New England. Hannah Gaber-USA TODAY
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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) poses for photos with Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Representative-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (L-R).

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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) poses for photos with Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Representative-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)...more

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) poses for photos with Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Representative-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (L-R). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses with most of the House Democratic women for a group photograph on Capitol Hill.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses with most of the House Democratic women for a group photograph on Capitol Hill. REUTERS/Leah Millis

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses with most of the House Democratic women for a group photograph on Capitol Hill. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) poses with a Bible.

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL).

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Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stands with her mother Blanca Ocasio-Cortez.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stands with her mother Blanca Ocasio-Cortez. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stands with her mother Blanca Ocasio-Cortez. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Democratic women of the House pose for a group photograph.

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Democratic women of the House pose for a group photograph. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Democratic women of the House pose for a group photograph. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) poses with a Bible.

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Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM).

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Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) poses with a Bible.

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Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a selfie photo with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) as the House meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber.

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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a selfie photo with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) as the House meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a selfie photo with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) as the House meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA).

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Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) poses with a Bible.

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Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) poses with a Bible. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses for a selfie during a photo opportunity with House Democratic women.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses for a selfie during a photo opportunity with House Democratic women. REUTERS/Leah Millis

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses for a selfie during a photo opportunity with House Democratic women. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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