Firsts in Congress, Among Members of Color -- PICTURES

Among the members of color taking the oath of office for the 113th Congress, several representatives and two senators have accolades worthy noting. Many are first-generation Americans, but others stand alone among their colleagues. Take a look.

Tony Cardenas, California District 29 (National Journal)
Texas US Senate Republican primary candidate Ted Cruz talks to the media on election day, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Houston.  (National Journal)
Tammy Duckworth speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. (National Journal)
Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii District 2 (National Journal)
Joe Garcia, Florida District 26 (National Journal)
Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii (National Journal)
Steven Hosrford, Nevada District 4 (National Journal)
Grace Meng (National Journal)
Raul Ruiz, California District 36 (National Journal)
Mark Takano, California District 41 (National Journal)
Juan Vargas, California District 51. (National Journal)