At least seven candidates with scientific backgrounds have won seats in the United States’ midterm elections and will serve in Congress from January 2019.
The scientists are all Democrats who won seats in the House of Representatives—the lower chamber of Congress—in the election on 6 November. They helped the Democrats regain control of the House for the first time since 2010.
Four out of the seven are women, six were first-time candidates and two toppled Republican incumbents, according to Science. As reported by Science, the winners with science backgrounds are: Lauren Underwood, who has a masters in health policy, and chemical engineer Sean Casten, both for Illinois; dentist Jeff van Drew for New Jersey; industrial engineer Chrissy Houlahan for Pennsylvania; ocean engineer turned environmental lawyer Joe Cunningham for South Carolina; naval commander Elaine Luria for Virginia; and pediatrician Kim Schrier for Washington.