Four Natives Win Re-Election to Congress, Plus Longtime General Counsel to Tribes Named to U.S House

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna representing New Mexico’s 1st congressional district; Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation representing the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas; and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation representing the 4th District of Oklahoma, were reelected to the U.S. House. Not pictured: Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma, a member of the Cherokee Nation, won his fifth term to represent Oklahoma’s 2nd congressional district.

While House election results are still coming in, we know four American Indians — Deb Haaland, Sharice Davids, Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin — are returning to their seats. Democrats flipped the House in the 2018 midterms, and they will maintain control of the House.

READ MORE: An Historic Day: Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland Sworn in to Congress 

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, a member of the Chickasaw Nation representing the 4th District of Oklahoma, defeated Democratic Challenger Mary Brannon with 67 percent of the vote. The incumbent Congressman has held the District 4 seat since 2003.

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna representing New Mexico’s 1st congressional district, was re-elected to her second term to Congress. 

She made history in 2018 as the first Indigenous woman to represent New Mexico and one of the first two Native American women, along with Rep. Sharice Davids, elected to Congress in the history of the United States. 

Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation representing the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, will enter her second term to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

In addition to her first achieved alongside Rep. Haaland, in 2018 Davids became Kansas’ first openly LGBTQ Congressperson.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma, a member of the Cherokee Nation, has won his fifth term to represent Oklahoma’s 2nd congressional district.  Mullin has held a seat in the House since 2013.

Meanwhile Teresa Leger Fernandez, a lawyer who counts 30 years as General Counsel to several Native American Tribes, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was endorsed by Haaland. She’ll take Ben Ray Luján’s open seat, representing New Mexico’s Congressional District 3, which is notably diverse: 40% Latino and 20% Native American, and includes the Navajo Nation and several Pueblos. 

READ MORE: If Elected to Congress, Teresa Leger Fernandez, Longtime General Counsel to Tribes, Promises to Improve Infrastructure in Tribal Communities 

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