Women in the U.S. Congress 2018
The 23 (17D, 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)|
|Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)||e 2012||Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)||e 2012|
|Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV)||e 2016||Mazie Hirono (D-HI)||e 2012|
|Maria Cantwell (D-WA)||e 2000, 2006, 2012||Cindy Hyde-Smith (D-ND)||a 2018|
|Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)||e 2014||Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)||e 2006, 2012|
|Susan Collins (R-ME)||e 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014||Claire McCaskill (D-MO)||e 2006, 2012|
|Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)||e 2016||Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)||a 2002; e 2004, 2010, 2016|
|Joni Ernst (R-IA)||e 2014||Patty Murray (D-WA)||e 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016|
|Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)||se 1992; e 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012||Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)||e 2008, 2014|
|Deb Fischer (R-NE)||e 2012||Tina Smith (D-MN)||a 2018|
|Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)||a 2009; e 2010, 2012||Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)||e 2000, 2006, 2012|
|Kamala Harris (D-CA)||e 2016||Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)||e 2012|
|Maggie Hassan (D-NH)||e 2016|
83 women from 34 states serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- California has sent more women to Congress than any other state - a total of 41 to date.
- New York is next with 28 women to date.
- 1 state (VT) has never sent a woman to either the House or the Senate.
of the 106 women serving in Congress in 2018 are women of color: 18 are Black, 10 Latina, 9 Asian American/Pacific Islander and 1 multiracial. For more information on women of color in office click here.
women (208D, 113R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date:
- 40 (25D, 15R) in the Senate only
- 269 (174D, 95R) in the House only
- 12 (9D, 3R) in both the House and Senate
For more information on the history of women who have served in Congress click here.
women of color (57D, 4R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date: 37 have been Black, 11 Asian American/Pacific Islander, 12 Latina, and 1 multiracial.
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.