(NBC News) History was made in Washington Thursday as the 116th Congress was sworn in, the most diverse group of lawmakers in the nation’s history.
It’s also a switch of power, with Democrats taking control of the House for the first time in eight years.
The first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, once again has the gavel.
Pelosi took the oath surrounded by children and grandchildren of house members, including her own.
It’s the most diverse Congress in American history with more than 100 women, a new record. The Congressional Black Caucus welcomed its biggest class ever as well, and Muslim and Native-American women were seated for the very first time.
“Our democracy will be strengthened by their optimism idealism and patriotism of this transformative freshman class,” Speaker Pelosi said.
In the Senate, Republicans increased their majority by two seats.
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