Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embraces a supporter at a polling site after voting on November 6 [File: Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo]

New US legislators are set to be sworn in on Thursday, with a number of “firsts” taking their seats in the 116th Congress. 

Democrats will assume majority control of the House of Representative, while Republicans will keep their hold on the Senate. 

Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to be chosen speaker of the House, said

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