Saturday, May 25, 2024

Latinas Make History in Oregon Winning their Congressional District Races

Democratic state Rep. Andrea Salinas won her race to represent Oregon’s 6th Congressional District, and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer won the state’s 5th Congressional District race, making history with the two Latinas Oregon’s first Latinx members of Congress.

“No matter who you voted for or what lies ahead, I will be your champion,” Salinas said in a statement to her new constituents. “It’s the honor of my lifetime to be your Congresswoman-elect.”

With 99% of the votes counted in the 5th Congressional District race as of Tuesday morning, Chavez-DeRemer won 51.1% of the votes. In contrast, her competition, Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner, won 48.8% of votes, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.

After her win, Chavez-DeRemer tweeted, “I am excited and ready to serve the people of Oregon.”

Her win also makes Chavez-DeRemer the first Republican to flip the seat held by Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader since 2009.