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Watch: a historic class of new lawmakers are sworn into Congress

A record-breaking number of women and people of color are officially part of the new class.

Members-elect pose for the freshman class photo on the East Front of the Capitol on November 14, 2018.
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Li Zhou is a politics reporter at Vox, where she covers Congress and elections. Previously, she was a tech policy reporter at Politico and an editorial fellow at the Atlantic.

It’s official: A record-breaking number of women have been sworn into the 116th Congress, which also boasts one of the most diverse classes ever.

It’s a class filled with firsts — from the youngest women ever to serve in Congress to the first Muslim-American women to the first Native American women. Massachusetts and Connecticut have both elected their first African-American representatives. And states such as Tennessee and Arizona sent women to the Senate for the first time.

All told, there will be 127 women serving in Congress this term — 25 in the Senate and 102 in the House — massive gains that follow a huge midterm election for women candidates. (The previous records were 23 women in the Senate and 85 women in the House.)

While lawmakers are still muddling their way through a seemingly intractable shutdown impasse, the new members of the 116th Congress represent a sign that some things in the Capitol are changing for the better.

Watch as Nancy Pelosi retakes the gavel for House speaker and a historic new class of Congress members is sworn in: