Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell emigrated from Ecuador at age 14, lived for a time in a one-room Miami apartment with her family and is now headed to the U.S. House after defeating a Republican incumbent.

Mucarsel-Powell ousted GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Tuesday's election in her first try for federal office, representing a district that stretches from south of Miami to Key West. She ran unsuccessfully for the Florida Senate in 2016.

Her first job as a teenager was at a doughnut shop, but she worked to get a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree from Claremont University in international political economy.

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