First Mexican-Born Woman Sworn into US Congress

Newly instated U.S. Congresswoman Mayra Flores. Photo: Google


Republican Mayra Flores of Texas became the first Mexican-born woman to be sworn into the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, June 22.

Flores, born in Burgos, Tamaulipas, before becoming a U.S. citizen, won a special election in Texas’ 34th Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by former Democratic Republican Filemon Vela earlier this month.

This constituted the first time that a U.S. congressional seat has changed parties since the 2020 election.

Vela renounced his seat in March to join a private law firm in Washington.

Flores will serve the remainder of Vela’s term, until January, but has stated that she will run for a full term in November.

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