U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro won her fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night.
DeLauro was facing a rematch against the same Republican challenger from the previous election, Angel Cadena Jr., a Marine Corps veteran and truck driver from Shelton.
DeLauro is 75. She says her highest priority is improving the economy and ensuring economic policies benefit families and businesses in her district, including the city of New Haven. She was joined by family, friends, volunteers and local candidates at the the Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven, where she thanked the people of Connecticut for their support.
Thank you so much. Thank you to my family, friends, and the people of Connecticut, who again came through with their voices. Your support means the world. I take this not as a reward for past service but as an incentive to work harder and to accomplish even more for people. And thank you to the volunteers. I could not have done it without you.
This country is poised to send an historic message to President Donald Trump, but also to ourselves and to the world.
We have a new Democratic Party in power-more than 270 women were candidates for the U.S. House, Senate or governor seats, more than 210 people of color and more than 25 people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. It is the new American coalition.
And, one answer to Donald Trump is a Democratic Party and a country proud of its values. We are one. We are better. We are a community. We are ready to push the arc of history forward again.
Thank you for being my partner. Our work just begins.
Cadena had called for exploration of ways to ease traffic and endorsed the idea of a bridge over Long Island Sound to connect the New Haven area with New York state. During the campaign, he joked about the GOP not giving him money because it wanted to spend it on races it could win.