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Colorado elects its first Latina member of Congress, Yadira Caraveo

Caraveo, a pediatrician and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, makes history as the first female Hispanic representing Congress in the newly redrawn 8th Congressional District.

Democratic state Rep. Yadira Caraveo made history as Colorado’s first Latina elected to Congress, according to NBC News projections.

With 97% of the votes counted, Caraveo had won 48.4% of the votes and Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer had won 47.7%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.

Caraveo will represent the newly drawn 8th Congressional District, north of Denver, which has the largest percentage of Hispanics in the state, at 39%.

Caraveo, a pediatrician and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was elected to the Colorado House in 2018. In the General Assembly, she has focused on health care policy, voting and reproductive rights, among other issues, according to her campaign website.

Pediatrician and Colorado State Senator Yadira Caraveo at her home in Thornton, Colorado Wednesday August 17, 2022.
Colorado state Sen. Yadira Caraveo in Thornton on Aug. 17.Melina Mara / The Washington Post via Getty Images file

She also backed a bill codifying abortion access in Colorado this year.

The first Hispanic member of Congress representing Colorado, John Salazar, was elected to the House in 2004 and served until 2011.

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