After being sworn in as the first-ever Native American women in Congress, Democrats Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) shared an emotional embrace on the House floor to mark the historic moment.
Video shows Haaland appearing to wipe away tears as newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) congratulated the 116th Congress on Thursday.
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native-American women to ever serve in Congress, share a moment after being officially sworn in: pic.twitter.com/acIRC5hX20
— Frank Dale (@fwdale) January 3, 2019
Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, wore a traditional Pueblo dress for the swearing-in ceremony.
Haaland shared photos of her dress, silver and turquoise jewelry and moccasins on Twitter before the ceremony.
“New Mexicans are in the house, the US House that is,” she wrote.
— Congresswoman Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) January 3, 2019
Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk nation, is also openly gay and part of the “rainbow wave” that saw a record number of LGBTQ candidates running for public office in 2018.