Women in the U.S. House of Representatives 2017

84
women hold seats in the House of Representatives, comprising 19.3% of the 435 members in 2017. The women represent 34 states; 62 are Democrats and 22 are Republicans.
62 D
22 R

In addition to the 84 women currently serving, five (3D, 2R) women delegates also represent American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The congresswomen include 34 women of color: 18 African American women, 7 Asian Pacific Islanders, and 9 Latinas. The delegates include an Asian/Pacific Islander, a Latina, a Caribbean American and an African American. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was the first woman Speaker of the House, is now House Minority Leader.

Of the 84 women in the House: 

70
women first entered by winning regular general elections.
67
women lawmakers held previous elective offices prior to entering Congress.
14
won special elections; Adams (NC), Bonamici (OR), Chu (CA), Clark (MA), Fudge (OH), Hanabusa (HI), Handel (GA), Kelly (IL), Lee (CA), Matsui (CA), Pelosi (CA), Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Speier (CA), and Tsongas (MA) succeeded others who died or resigned. The AS, DC, GU and VI Delegates won regular general elections.
29
held more than one previous elective post. The positions include: statewide elective (2); state senator (19); state representative (43); county elective (8); municipal elective (19); judge (2); school board member (5).
 
 
 
 

Women who serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017

Congresswomen Route to Office Dates Served
Alma Adams
(D-NC)
Won simultaneous special election to fill vacancy and regular election. State representative; Greensboro city council; Greensboro school board; professor. 11/12/14 - present
Nanette Barragan (D-CA) Hermosa Beach City councilwoman; attorney; community advocate; Clinton White House aide. 1/3/17 - present
Karen Bass
(D-CA)
State assembly speaker; assemblywoman; Los Angeles school board member; community activist.  1/5/11 - present
Joyce Beatty
(D-OH)
State representative and House Democratic leader; small business owner; management consultant. 1/3/13 - present
Diane Black
(R-TN)
State senator; state representative. 1/5/11 - present
Marsha Blackburn
(R-TN)
State senator, state representative, executive director of Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, businesswoman. 1/7/03 - present
Lisa Blunt Rochester
(D-DE)
Congressional case worker; Delaware secretary of labor, deputy secretary of health and social services, state personnel director. CEO of Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. 1/3/17 - present
Suzanne Bonamici
(D-OR)
State senator, state representative, legislative assistant, attorney. Won a special election to fill a vacancy. 2/7/12 - present
Susan Brooks
(R-IN)
Attorney; Indianapolis deputy mayor; community college administrator and workforce development leader; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Julia Brownley
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman; Santa Monica-Malibu school board member and president. 1/3/13 - present
Cheri Bustos
(D-IL)
East Moline alderman; health care system communications official; journalist. 1/3/13 - present
Kathy Castor
(D-FL)
Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners; assistant general counsel to the Florida Department of Community Affairs in Tallahassee. 1/4/07 - present
Liz Cheney
(R-WY)
Attorney, State Department official, Fox News contributor. Holds seat once held by her father. 1/3/17 - present
Judy Chu
(D-CA)
California state board of equalization member; state assembly; Monterey Park mayor and councilwoman; board of education member; educator. Won a special election July 14, 2009 to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Congresswoman Hilda Solis to become Secretary of Labor. 7/16/09 - present
Katherine Clark
(D-MA)
State senator; state representative; attorney. Won a special election December 10, 2013 to fill a vacancy. 12/12/13 - present
Yvette Clarke
(D-NY)
Councilwoman; director of business development for Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation; director of Bronx portion of the New York City Empowerment Zone. 1/4/07 - present
Barbara Comstock
(R-VA)
State delegate; congressional aide; chief counsel on House committee; attorney. Elected to U.S. House in 2014. 1/6/15 - present
Susan Davis
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman; president, San Diego city school board. 1/3/01 - present
Rosa DeLauro
(D-CT)
Congressional aide; executive director of EMILY's List; community organizer. 1/3/91 - present
Diana DeGette
(D-CO)
State representative; state house assistant leader; civil rights and employment lawyer. 1/7/97 - present
Suzan DelBene
(D-WA)
Technology entrepreneur; businesswoman; director, state Department of Revenue. 1/3/13 - present
Val Demings
(D-FL)
Orlando police chief; police officer; social worker. 1/3/17 - present
Debbie Dingell
(D-MI)
President of D2 Strategies; chair of Wayne State University Board of Governors; president of the GM Foundation; senior executive for public affairs. 1/6/15 - present
Anna Eshoo
(D-CA)
San Mateo County supervisor and board president. Elected to U.S. House in 1992. 1/5/93 - present
Elizabeth Esty
(D-CT)
State representative; Cheshire town councilwoman; attorney; educator. 1/3/13 - present
Virginia Foxx
(R-NC)
State senator; county board of education; college instructor and administrator. 1/4/05 - present
Lois Frankel
(D-FL)
West Palm Beach mayor; state representative; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Marcia Fudge
(D-OH)
Mayor of Warrensville Heights; Congressional chief of staff; attorney; won special election to fill a vacancy. 11/19/08 - present
Tulsi Gabbard
(D-HI)
State representative; Honolulu city council member; National Guard member; environmental activist; aide to Senator Daniel Akaka. 1/3/13 - present
Kay Granger
(R-TX)
Mayor of Fort Worth; board of trustees of the US Conference of Mayors; educator; small business owner. 1/7/97 - present
Michele Lujan Grisham
(D-NM)
Bernalillo county commissioner; head, New Mexico Department of Health; secretary, New Mexico Department of Aging and Long Term Services; attorney; consultant. 1/3/13 - present
Colleen Hanabusa
(D-HI)
Originally elected in 2010, left House to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, lost primary. Labor attorney, former Hawaii State Senate president.  11/14/16- present,
1/5/11-1/3/15
Karen Handel (R-GA) Chairman, Fulton County Board of Commissioners; Georgia Secretary of State; executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure; won special election to fill a vacancy caused by appointment of incumbent to Trump cabinet. 6/26/17-present
Vicky J. Hartzler
(R-MO)
Cass County Republican Central Committee; teacher; businesswoman. 1/5/11 - present
Jaime Herrera Beutler
(R-WA)
State representative; assistant minority floor leader; legislative assistant to congresswoman McMorris Rodgers. 1/5/11 - present
Pramila Jayapal
(D-WA)
State senator, human rights activist. 1/3/17 - present
Lynn M. Jenkins
(R-KS)
State treasurer; state senator; state representative; accountant; businesswoman. 1/6/09 - present
Eddie Bernice Johnson
(D-TX)
State senator; state representative; administrator in Department of Health, Education and Welfare; nurse; consultant. 1/5/93 - present
Marcy Kaptur
(D-OH)
Urban planner; White House domestic policy aide. 1/3/83 - present
Robin Kelly
(D-IL)
State representative; chief administrative officer, Cook County; community affairs director, Village of Matteson. 4/11/13 - present
Ann McLane Kuster
(D-NH)
Attorney; consultant; lobbyist. 1/3/13 - present
Brenda Lawrence
(D-MI)
Mayor and councilwoman in Southfield; president of National Association of Democratic Mayors; lieutenant governor nominee in 2010; board of education member and president; U.S. postal carrier. 1/6/15 - present
Barbara Lee
(D-CA)
State senator; state assemblywoman; senior advisor and administrative assistant to member of Congress. Won a special election in 1998 to fill a vacancy caused by a resignation. 4/21/98 - present
Sheila Jackson Lee
(D-TX)
Council member; municipal court associate judge; attorney; congressional committee counsel. 1/4/95 - present
Zoe Lofgren
(D-CA)
Santa Clara County Supervisor; attorney; law teacher; executive director of low-income housing development group; congressional aide. 1/4/95 - present
Mia Love
(R-UT)
Mayor and councilwoman in Saratoga Springs; councilwoman; flight attendant. 1/6/15 - present
Nita Lowey
(D-NY)
Assistant New York secretary of state. 1/3/89 - present
Carolyn Maloney
(D-NY)
New York city council member; educator; administrator. 1/5/93 - present
Doris Matsui
(D-CA)
Public policy advocate; deputy assistant to the President and deputy director of public liaison in the Clinton administration. Won special election in 2005 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband. 3/10/05 - present
Betty McCollum
(D-MN)
State representative; North St. Paul City Councilwoman; educator; businesswoman. 1/3/01 - present
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
(R-WA)
State representative and House Republican leader. 1/4/05 - present
Martha McSally
(R-AZ)
Retired United States Air Force colonel; Tucson women's commission; national security advisor for Senator Jon Kyl. 1/6/15 - present
Grace Meng
(D-NY)
State assemblywoman; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Gwen Moore
(D-WI)
State senator; assemblywoman; city and state government administrator. 1/4/05 - present
Stephanie Murphy
(D-FL)
Businesswoman, college instructor. 1/3/17 - present
Grace Napolitano
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman; mayor, Norwalk; city council member; businesswoman. 1/6/99 - present
Kristi Noem
(R-SD)
State representative; assistant majority leader; farmer/rancher; businesswoman. 1/5/11 - present
Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA)
Chair of California Democratic party; Democratic National Committee member; party activist; public relations executive. Won special election in 1987 to fill a vacancy caused by death of Congresswoman Sala Burton. 6/9/87 - present
Chellie M. Pingree
(D-ME)
State senator; Senate majority leader; North Haven planning board member; North Haven tax assessor; school board chair; president, Common Cause; businesswoman. 1/6/09 - present
Kathleen Rice
(D-NY)
Elected district attorney of Nassau County; attorney. 1/6/15 - present
Martha Roby
(R-AL)
Councilwoman; attorney. 1/5/11 - present
Jacky Rosen
(D-NV)
Computer programmer, consultant 1/3/17 - present
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
(R-FL)
State senator; state representative; educator; businesswoman. Won special election in 1989 to fill a vacancy. 9/6/89 - present
Lucille Roybal-Allard
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman. 1/5/93 - present
Linda Sanchez
(D-CA)
Executive secretary-treasurer for Orange County Central Labor Council, labor compliance officer, attorney. 1/7/03 - present
Jan Schakowsky
(D-IL)
State representative; director, Illinois Public Action; educator. 1/6/99 - present
Terri Sewell
(D-AL)
Staffer for Senator Heflin and Congressman Shelby; attorney. 1/5/11 - present
Carol Shea-Porter
(D-NH)
Served in House 2007-11, 2013-15, defeated in bids for re-election. Community college instructor; campaign official. 1/3/17 - present,
1/3/2013 - 1/6/2015,
1/4/2007 - 1/5/2011
Kyrsten Sinema
(D-AZ)
State senator; state representative; attorney; professor of social work. 1/3/13 - present
Louise Slaughter
(D-NY)
State assemblywoman; Monroe County legislator; gubernatorial staff member. 1/3/87 - present
Jackie Speier
(D-CA)
State senator; state assemblywoman; San Mateo county supervisor; legal counsel to congressmember; attorney. Won special election in 2008 to fill a vacancy caused by death. 4/10/08 - present
Elise Stefanik
(R-NY)
Small businesswoman; policy and communications strategist. 1/6/15 - present
Claudia Tenney
(R-NY)
New York assemblywoman; attorney; businesswoman. 1/3/17 - present
Dina Titus
(D-NV)
U.S. representative 2009-11; state senator and senate minority leader; professor of political science. 1/3/13 - present
Norma Torres
(D-CA)
State senator; assemblywoman; mayor and councilwoman in Pomona; union representative; 9-1-1 dispatcher. 1/6/15 - present
Niki Tsongas
(D-MA)
College dean of external affairs; attorney; social worker. Won special election to fill a vacancy. 10/17/07 - present
Nydia Velazquez
(D-NY)
New York city council member; director of the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs; educator. 1/5/93 - present
Ann Wagner
(R-MO)
U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg; Senate campaign chair, Roy Blunt; co-chair, Republican National Committee; Missouri Republican Party chair. 1/3/13 - present
Jackie Walorski
(R-IN)
State representative; missionary; higher education administrator; journalist. 1/3/13 - present
Mimi Walters
(R-CA)
State senator; assemblywoman; Laguna mayor and councilwoman; investment banker. 1/6/15 - present
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(D-FL)
State senator; state representative. 1/4/05 - present
Maxine Waters
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman; educator. 1/3/91 - present
Bonnie Watson Coleman
(D-NJ)
State assembly (majority leader); state Democratic party chair; director of Office of Civil Rights in State Department of Transportation. 1/6/15 - present
Frederica Wilson
(D-FL)
State senator; state representative; school board member. 1/5/11 - present
Delegates    
Madeleine Bordallo
(D-GU)
Lieutenant governor; Guam senator; Guam's First Lady; community organizer. 1/7/03 - present
Jenniffer Gonzalez
(R-PR)
State representative; state GOP chairman; trained as an attorney. 1/3/17 - present
Eleanor Holmes Norton
(D-DC)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chair; New York City Commission on Human Rights chair; law professor. 1/3/91 - present
Stacey Plaskett
(D-VI)
Virgin Islands economic development group; counsel to House of Representatives ethics committee; attorney. 1/6/15 - present
Amata Radewagen
(R-AS)
Community activist; Republican National Committeewoman; appointee to White House Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 1/6/15 - present

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