- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Metro Orlando’s future U.S. congressional delegation just became a whole lot more diverse.

Voters in central Florida on election night picked an African American woman, a Puerto Rican man and an Asian American woman to represent them in Washington.

The increased diversity was helped by the redrawing of some congressional districts that made the central Florida districts more Democratic-leaning.

New members to central Florida’s congressional delegation are Val Demings, Orlando’s first female African American police chief; Darren Soto, who will be Florida’s first congressman of Puerto Rican descent; and Stephanie Murphy, a businesswoman whose family fled Vietnam when she was an infant.

Murphy said at her victory party Tuesday that the diversity reflects how the nation’s demographics are changing and how that change needs to be reflected in Washington.

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