TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Four-term Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has been defeated by LGBT Native American Democrat Sharice Davids.
Davids excited voters and Democratic donors with her unusual profile. She is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation who received a law degree from Cornell University and was a White House fellow during former President Barack Obama's administration. She is a member of the LGBT community and has fought mixed martial arts bouts.
She won the GOP-leaning 3rd District encompassing the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City that President Donald Trump narrowly lost in 2016. He was among 25 Republican incumbents seeking re-election in a district Trump lost.
Incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder has conceded to Democrat Sharice Davids in Kansas the state's 3rd District.
After Davids was declared the winner Tuesday, Yoder said he loved serving in Congress and appreciated the opportunity to serve the people of Kansas.
He congratulated Davids, saying she would need their prayers and support "because we need this country to unify to get things done for the American people."
With her win, Davids becomes the first openly gay, Native American woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.
Yoder is chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.