It's Official: Catherine Cortez Masto Sworn in as First Latina Senator

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This week will forever be a historic one for Latinxs. On Tuesday, Catherine Cortez Masto was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first-ever Latina senator.

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"It's about time," the Nevada Democrat said before taking her oath. "I look forward to using my voice."

Vice President Joe Biden read the oath to her and three other senators.

Cortez Masto, who is part Mexican, was joined by friends and family.

"It's the most amazing day of our lives. I've waited a long time for this. I'm not disappointed," her mother, Joanna Cortez, said. “… It's always a wish a parent has for her children, although I never thought I'd be around to see it."

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The new Congress, the 115th, also welcomed seven Latinxs in the House on Tuesday, raising the group’s overall number in Congress to 38.

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Raquel Reichard, Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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