New member orientation is a tradition that allows incoming lawmakers, fresh off securing seats in Congress, to learn more about what’s to come as they prepare to take office. A second orientation session will take place later in the month.
Before they officially start their terms, members will need to set up and organize their offices, including hiring staff. And they’ll need to learn the ropes and get up to speed on how the House operates.
At least 13 non-incumbent Republican women won their contests, according to CNN projections, a tally that breaks the record from 2010 of nine non-incumbent GOP women winning House races, according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics.
That’s a big change from the 2018 midterms, when only one new Republican woman won, West Virginia’s Carol Miller.
Heading into Election Day, Democrats were optimistic about expanding their majority. But at least seven Democrats lost their seats, including a handful of freshmen who had flipped districts in 2018 that had backed President Donald Trump in 2016. Meanwhile, Republicans held on in suburban areas where Democrats were hoping to make inroads.
CNN’s Simone Pathe, Alex Rogers and Lauren Dezenski contributed to this report.