The honeymoon is over for the most diverse class in Congress’ history. Now what?

The honeymoon is over for the most diverse class in Congress’ history. Now what?

Gun Rights

POLITICO Illustration/AP and Getty Images In 2018, Americans elected the most diverse class of lawmakers in history. There have never been more women, people of color, young people or LGBTQ lawmakers walking the halls of Congress. And this freshman class jumped in head first, making splashes on the Hill, social media and throughout the country. But getting down to business was a bit tougher — the new members joined an extremely unpopular Congress ular rife with partisan gridlock. Their first days, then weeks, were marked by the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and in between moving into their offices and finding the bathrooms, they got a crash course in rough and tumble negotiations. From sights all over Washington, like the Capitol Reflecting Pool and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, POLITICO’s Eugene Daniels talked with them about everything from the shutdown to foreign policy and gun control. Even if you don’t know Lucy McBath’s face or name, you probably remember the tragedy that put the Georgia Democrat in the national spotlight. In 2012, her 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was murdered after playing loud music in a car in Florida. Her son’s killer is serving life in prison. After Jordan’s death, McBath became an advocate, traveling the country in support of stricter gun rights, sometimes with other black women whose sons were also gunned down; a group known as the Mothers of the Movement. But after the Parkland, Fla., shooting, McBath took the next step, running for […]

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