Here are 5 of the most notable new Congresswomen from the 113th Congress

From left: Duckworth, Gabbard, Warren, Baldwin (Getty Images)

From left: Duckworth, Gabbard, Warren, Baldwin (Getty Images) and Meng (Patric E. McCarthy) (Credit: From left: Duckworth, Gabbard, Warren, Baldwin (Getty Images) and Meng (Patric E. McCarthy))

The 113th Congress is set to be sworn in Thursday, and it's unlike any other in history.

This Congress, which will serve through Jan. 3, 2015, has a record number of women serving, with 20 in the Senate and 81 in the House, as well as a record seven LGBT members.

Here are five of the most notable new members taking the oath of office Thursday:

REP. GRACE MENG (D-N.Y.): Meng hails from the 6th Congressional District in Queens, and is the first Asian-American elected to Congress from New York. Meng has served in the State Assembly since 2009.

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MASS.): A Harvard Law professor who went through a brutal campaign, Warren is a strong consumer rights advocate and was key in building the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is also Massachusetts' first female senator, and she will sit on the Senate Banking Committee.

SEN. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WIS.): Baldwin makes history as the country's first openly gay senator, along with being the first woman from Wisconsin to be elected to the Senate.

Baldwin was also the state's first female representative, having assumed office in 1999.

REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HAWAII): Gabbard brings a number of firsts: She is the first Hindu ever elected to Congress, the first American Samoan and, with Rep. Tammy Duckworth, she is among the first female military veterans in Congress.
Gabbard brings much military experience, as she was deployed to the Middle East twice with the Hawaii National Guard. At 31, she is among the youngest members in Congress.

REP. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-ILL.): Duckworth is an Iraq War vet who lost her legs in a 2004 attack while she was co-piloting a helicopter.

A 2006 bid for Congress ended in defeat, but with her victory in November she has vowed to be an advocate for vets and will sit on the House Armed Services Committee.


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