New US legislators were sworn in on Thursday, with a number of “firsts” taking their seats in the 116th Congress.
Democrats assumed majority control of the House of Representative, while Republicans kept their hold on the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi, who was elected speaker of the House, said in a USA Today interview that US President Donald Trump should expect a “different world” with the new Congress.
Among those sworn in is a record number of women, including the first Muslim women, as well as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Here’s a look at the ‘firsts’ taking their seats:
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar
First Muslim women elected to Congress
Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, and Omar arrived in the United States as a young girl from a refugee camp in Kenya after fleeing civil war in Somalia.
Omar is also the first Somali American to serve in the US Congress.
Youngest woman elected to Congress
Born to a father from South Bronx and a mother from Puerto Rico, Ocasio-Cortez was an organiser for the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids
First Native American women elected to Congress
Davids is a Cornell Law School graduate and professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, who was raised by a single mother.
She is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe that hails from Wisconsin.
The former White House fellow under Obama, is openly gay and an advocate for LGBT issues. She was elected to the third congressional district in Kansas.
Massachusetts’s first black congresswoman