Congress Gets Diversity Boost With Record Number of Women of Color in Senate

Nonwhite women won in landmark numbers.

There were several firsts in the four female Senate wins.

There were several demographic firsts in the House of Representatives as well.

Nanette Barragan is the first Latina elected by her congressional district in Los Angeles, and the group of incoming congresswomen is rounded out by Colleen Hanabusa from Hawaii.

Lisa Blunt Rochester will be the first African-American to serve in Congress from Delaware, and Val Demings will be the first African-American to fill her Florida congressional seat.

Rachel Thomas, a national press secretary for EMILY's List, said it views the House and Senate victories as a way to change the face of power in Washington.

"I think that the election of these women shows how important it is, and especially now, to have diverse perspectives in Congress and in government that will help advocate for and build better policies that help all Americans of every background and every community," she told ABC News.

"Their leadership will provide the checks and balances that are such an important part of our government," she said.