The 114th Congress shattered barriers with a record-breaking 100+ women total between the House of Representatives and the Senate. While this is an important stride towards parity, one-fifth of Congress is a mere fraction when women compose of half of the population. However, what women in Washington have attained is definitely worth celebrating! So, let’s take a look and acknowledge the 20 groundbreaking women currently serving in the United States Senate.
Lisa Murkowski (Republican) is the senior United States Senator from the State of Alaska and one of the six women from the Republican Party currently serving in the U.S Senate.
Barbara Boxer (Democrat) is the junior United States Senator from California. She has been a member of the U.S. Senate since 1993 and previously served in the House of Representatives for ten years, serving California’s sixth district from 1983-1993.
Dianne Feinstein (Democrat) is the senior United States Senator from California, serving since 1992 after her role as the 38th Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. Both on the same ballot, Feinstein and Boxer were historically the first female senators from California.
Junior United States Senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono (Democrat) is was the first Asian-American woman ever elected to the Senate along with being the first elected female senator from Hawaii.
The youngest female Senator in the 114th Senate, Join Ernst (Republican) is the first female veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate and first elected woman senator to represent Iowa.
Former Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren is the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party.
Susan Collins (Republican) has served as the senior United States Senator from Maine since 1997. Collins previously chaired the Senate Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2007 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
The senior U.S. Senator from Maryland, Barbara Mikulski (Democrat) is the first female senator from Maryland, the first female Democrat to serve in both the House and Senate, and is the longest serving female senator in history.
Former member of the United States House of Representatives (representing Michigan’s 8th congressional district from 1997 to 2001), Debbie Stabenow (Democrat) is the senior United States Senator from Michigan.
Amy Klobuchar is the senior Minnesota United States Senator representing the Democratic Party and the first female senator from the state.
Claire McCaskill (Democrat) was the first woman elected to U.S. Senate from Missouri and is currently continuing her service as the senior Senator.
Heidi Heitkamp is a member of the Democratic party and has represented the state of North Dakota as junior Senator since 2013.
After serving eight years in the Nebraska state Legislature, Deb Fischer is a member of the Republican party representing the state of Nebraska as a senior U.S. Senator.
The former first female Attorney General of New Hampshire and the second youngest female in the 114th U.S Senate at age 46, Kelly Ayotte is the junior United States Senator from New Hampshire.
The first female senator of the state of New Hampshire and the first woman in American history to be elected both as a governor and a senator, Jeanne Shaheen is a member of the Democratic party and currently holds the position as senior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire.
The former representative from New York’s 20th Congressional District, Kirsten Gillibrand represents the Democratic party as the junior U.S. Senator from New York state.
Maria Cantwell (Democrat) has been serving as the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington since 2001. She has previously served on the United States House of Representatives.
The current United States Senate Democratic Conference Secretary, Patty Murray is a member of the Democratic party and the state of Washington’s first female U.S. Senator since her election in 1992.
The former U.S. Representative from Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district serving from 1999 to 2013, Tammy Baldwin (Democrat) is currently the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin. Baldwin is also the first openly gay senator in American history.
Shelley Moore Capito
Shelley Moore Capito (Republican) is the junior U.S Senator from West Virginia. Capito was the first Republican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives from West Virginia and is the first female senator from the state as well.
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