According to the preliminary results of the U.S. election, a native of Ukraine will enter the House of Representatives for the first time; Republican Victoria Spartz garnered the most votes in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.
As the New York Times reports, the Ukrainian-born politician got 51.7% of votes, ahead of her closest rival, Democrat Christina Hale, by 7%. About 90% of the ballots have been counted so far. The rest of the votes will not significantly affect the result so Spartz has already announced her victory.
Interestingly, Spartz ran for election under the motto “Stop Socialism!” In her speeches, the woman repeatedly made references to her origin from the USSR and condemned socialism.
“Growing up in socialist-controlled Ukraine, she experienced firsthand the dark side of socialism. Living through this moulded her conservative political philosophy: the limited government is always better, and financial and healthcare decisions should be made by individuals in the free market, not bureaucrats and special interests,” Spartz’s campaign website stated.
Victoria Spartz was born in the town of Nosivka, Chernihiv region. In 2000, she moved to the United States. She acquired U.S. citizenship in 2006.
In 2017, Spartz was elected to the Indiana Senate.
As a reminder, the United States House of Representatives is the lower house of the United States Congress, with the Senate being the upper house. Together, they compose the national bicameral legislature of the United States.