The blue wave on Capitol Hill continues to grow as final mid-term election results are tallied. In the House, Democrats are on track to gain 35 to 38 seats, according to the non-partisan Cook Political Report. In the Senate, the GOP retains control 51-47, with two races still to be decided: Florida (recount) and Mississippi (run-off). The 116th Congress that takes office January 3, the most diverse in our nation’s history, will include at least 128 women — among them, 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes (shown in photo), the first African American woman to go to Congress from Connecticut. These successes are the product of growing member engagement — nearly 220,000 NEA members and education families canvassed neighborhoods, made phone calls, and found other ways to support pro-education candidates in the mid-term elections. Thank you for everything you do!
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