Kansas elects first lesbian, Native American ex-MMA fighter


    FLE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, Kansas Democratic Congressional candidate Sharice Davids talks to volunteer at her campaign office in Overland Park, Kan. Davids is challenging Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder in Kansas' 3rd District in the Nov. 6 election. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    On an election night of "firsts," Sharice Davids stands out among the bunch.

    Democratic newcomer Davids defeated incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder in Kansas to become the nation's first LGBT Native American in Congress. Davids, 38, also becomes only the second ex-mixed martial arts fighter who will serve in the House. (She joins Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma in that distinction, per mmafighting.com.)

    The 38-year-old activist, lawyer and political newcomer already garnered national attention as part of a crop of diverse Democratic candidates.

    Yoder was endorsed by President Donald Trump, but the suburban Kansas City district voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. The district is a mix of fast-growing bedroom communities, established suburbs and poorer city neighborhoods.

    She's a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation and was raised by a single mother who served in the Army and worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

    Sinclair Broadcast Group national online news produce Nick DiMarco contributed to this report.

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