Women in the U.S. Congress 2016
The 20 (14D, 6R) women currently serving in the Senate are:
|Name||Years elected (e), won special election (se), or appointed (a)||Name||Years elected (e), won special election (se), or appointed (a)|
|Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)||e 2010||Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)||e 2012|
|Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)||e 2012||Mazie Hirono (D-HI)||e 2012|
|Barbara Boxer (D-CA)||e 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010||Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)||e 2006, 2012|
|Maria Cantwell (D-WA)||e 2000, 2006, 2012||Claire McCaskill (D-MO)||e 2006, 2012|
|Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)||e 2014||Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)||e 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010|
|Susan Collins (R-ME)||e 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014||Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)||a 2002; e 2004, 2010|
|Joni Ernst (R-IA)||e 2014||Patty Murray (D-WA)||e 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010|
|Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)||se 1992; e 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012||Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)||e 2008, 2014|
|Deb Fischer (R-NE)||e 2012||Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)||e 2000, 2006, 2012|
|Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)||a 2009; e 2010, 2012||Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)||e 2012|
84 women from 31 states serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- California has sent more women to Congress than any other state - a total of 39 to date.
- New York is next with 27 women to date.
- 3 states (DE, MS, VT) have never sent a woman to either the House or the Senate.
of the 104 women serving in Congress in 2016 are women of color: 18 African Americans, 9 Latinas, and 6 Asian American/Pacific Islanders
women (198D, 109R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date:
- 35 (21D, 14R) in the Senate only
- 261 (169D, 92R) in the House only
- 11 (8D, 3R) in both the House and Senate
women of color (50D, 4R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date: 35 African Americans, 9 Asian American/Pacific Islanders, and 10 Latinas
1916Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1922Rebecca Latimer Felton (D-GA) became the first woman appointed to the Senate, but only served one day.
1964Patsy Takemoto Mink (D-HI) became the first woman of color elected to the House.
1978Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS) became the first woman elected to the Senate without having previously filled an unexpired Congressional term. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) was the first Democratic woman to do so in 1987.
1992Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL) became the first woman of color elected to the Senate.
1998Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) became the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to an initial Congressional term. She is now the first openly gay member of the Senate.