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Women Candidates Made Historic Gains in Representation - 2012 Election Results - Heitkamp 20th woman in Senate!


Women Made History on Tuesday!


New Hampshire has the distinction of electing the first-ever all-women delegation, by electing Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Ann McLane Kuster (D).  They join Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R).  Governor-elect Hassan will be the only female Democratic governor in 2013.

20 women will hold Senate seats in the 113th Congress!  This is the most ever.  Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota was the last Senate race to confirm a winner.

At least 17 women will join the Freshmen class as Congresswomen in the 113th Congress (two Arizona seats are still pending).  Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, at least 77 of those in the 113th Congress will be women, breaking the current record of 73!

Of the approximately 90 new Members of Congress (House and Senate), 22 are women.

New Women Senators

  • Tammy Baldwin (D) - Wisconsin
  • Deb Fischer (R) - Nebraska
  • Heidi Heitkamp (D) - North Dakota
  • Mazie Hirono (D) - Hawaii
  • Elizabeth Warren (D) - Massachusetts

Re-Elected Women Senators

  • Maria Cantwell (D) - Washington

  • Dianne Feinstein (D) - California

  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D) - New York

  • Amy Klobuchar (D) - Minnesota

  • Claire McCaskill (D) - Missouri

  • Debbie Stabenow (D) - Michigan

Of the 17 current female Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) and Olympia Snowe (ME), both Republicans, are retiring. 

Women Who Won (or races still pending)

Alabama

            District 2         Martha Roby (R)

            District 7         Terri Sewell (D)

Arizona

            District 1         Ann Kirkpatrick (D)

            District 2         Martha McSally (R) - pending

            District 9         Krystan Sinema (D) - pending

California

            US Senate        Diane Feinstein (D)

            District 6         Doris Matsui (D)

            District 12       Nancy Pelosi (D)

            District 13       Barbara Lee (D)

            District 14       Jackie Speier (D)

            District 18       Anna Eshoo (D)

            District 19       Zoe Lofgren (D)

            District 24       Lois Capps (D)

            District 26       Julia Brownley (D) 

            District 27       Judy Chu (D)

            District 32       Grace Napolitano (D)

            District 35       Gloria Negrete McLeod (D)

            District 36       Mary Bono Mack (R)

            District 37       Karen Bass (D)

            District 38       Linda Sanchez (D)

            District 40       Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)

            District 43       Maxine Waters (D)

            District 44       Janice Hahn (D)

            District 46       Loretta Sanchez (D)

            District 53       Susan Davis (D)

Colorado

            District 1         Diana DeGette (D)

Connecticut    

            District 3         Rosa DeLauro (D)

            District 5         Elizabeth Esty (D)

District of Columbia

            At-Large          Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)

Florida

            District 5         Corrine Brown (D)

            District 14       Kathy Castor (D)

            District 22       Lois Frankel (D)

            District 23       Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)

            District 24       Frederica Wilson (D)

            District 27       Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)

Hawaii

            Senate              Mazie Hirono (D)

            District 1         Colleen Hanabusa (D)

            District 2         Tulsi Gabbard (D)

Illinois

            District 8         Tammy Duckworth (D)

            District 9         Jan Schakowsky (D)

            District 17       Cheri Bustos (D)

Indiana

            District 2         Jacki Walorski (R)

            District 5         Susan Brooks (R)

Kansas

            District 2         Lynn Jenkins (R)

Maine

            District 1         Chellie Pingree (D)

Maryland

            District 4         Donna Edwards (D)

Maine

            Senate              Elizabeth Warren (D)

            District 3         Niki Tsongas (D)

Michigan

            Senate              Debbie Stabenow (D)

            District 10       Candice Miller (R)

Minnesota

            Senate              Amy Klobuchar (D)

            District 4         Betty McCollum (D)

            District 6         Michelle Bachmann (R)

Missouri

            Senate              Claire McCaskill (D)

            District 2         Ann Wagner (R)

            District 4         Vicki Hartzler (R)

            District 8         Jo Ann Emerson (R)

Nebraska

            Senate              Deb Fischer (R)

New Hampshire

            District 1         Carol Shea-Porter (D)

            District 2         Ann McLane Kuster (D)

Nevada

            District 1         Dina Titus (D)

New Mexico

            District 1         Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

New York

            Senate              Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

            District 4         Carolyn McCarthy (D)

            District 6         Grace Meng (D)

            District 7         Nydia Velazquez (D)

            District 9         Yvette Clarke (D)

            District 12       Carolyn Maloney (D)

            District 17       Nita Lowey (D)

            District 25       Louise Slaughter (D)

North Carolina

            District 2         Renee Elmers (R)

            District 5         Virginia Foxx (R)

North Dakota

            Senate              Heidi Heitkamp (D)

Ohio

            District 3         Joyce Beatty (D)

            District 9         Marcy Kaptur (D)

            District 11       Marcia Fudge (D)

Oregon

            District 1         Suzanne Bonamici (D)

Pennsylvania

            District 13       Allyson Schwartz (D)

South Dakota

            At-Large          Kristi Noem (R)

Tennessee

            District 6         Diane Black (R)

            District 7         Marsha Blackburn (R)

Texas

            District 12       Kay Granger (12)

            District 18       Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

            District 30       Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)

Washington

            Senate              Maria Cantwell (D)

            District 1         Suzan DelBene (D)

            District 3         Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)

West Virginia

            District 2         Shelley Moore Capito (R)

Wisconsin

            Senate              Tammy Baldwin (D)

            District 4         Gwen Moore (D)

Wyoming

            At-Large          Cynthia Lummis (R)


UPDATE 10:29 PM

WOMEN WIN IN THE SENATE

  • Elizabeth Warren - Massachusetts
  • Claire McCaskill - Missouri
  • Debbie Stabenow - Michigan
  • Deb Fischer - Nebraska
  • Kirsten Gillibrand - New York

WOMEN WHO LOST SENATE RACES

  • Linda McMahon - Connecticut
  • Cynthia Dill - Maine
  • Wendy Long - New York

UPDATE ELECTION NIGHT 7:44 pm

Watch these three House races, among those expected to be close:

California District 36

Minnesota District 6

Utah District 4

 

 

Yes, women are a critical part of the electorate, and we also serve in elected offices nationwide. Since suffragist Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress in 1916, representing Montana, women have been elected to and served in the House and Senate. Rebecca Felton, another suffragist, became the first woman to serve in the Senate when she was appointed by the governor of Georgia to serve a vacancy in 1922.  

In 2012, women set a record for the number of filings in the House and Senate: 299 women filed to run for House seats, beating the previous record of 262 in 2010; 36 women filed to run for the senate, surpassing the 2010 record. This year, 138 women won their parties' primaries.  Nationally, women could be serving in record numbers if all of the women running for national office are elected on November 6th. 18 women are running in the Senate, and 141 in the House. 

Soon, our voices may not only be heard, but they may also echo in the halls of Congress!  At the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, Susan J. Carroll, Professor of Political Science claims "we stand to have the largest number of new women elected to the House since 1992." 

In the 112th Congress, women hold 16.8% of the 535 seats(17/100 in the Senate and 73/435 in the House.) Here are some facts about women in the current Congress: 

  • 26 states have female representation
  • Four states have never elected a woman to Congress
    • Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, and Vermont
    • 17 women are currently serving in the Senate
    • 73 women are serving in the House of Representatives
  • 24, or 27.0%, of the 90 women serving in congress are women of color. In addition, an African American woman and a Caribbean American woman serve as Delegates to the House from Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands, respectively. 

How many women are running in 2012

  • Senate - 18 (20D, 16R)
    • 6 incumbents
    • 8 for open senate seats
    • 4 are challenging current senators
  • House - 166 (118D, 48R)
    • 66 incumbents
    • 26 for open seats
    • 74 are challenging current house members 

Records broken in 2012:

  • Women who filed for Senate races (36)
  • Women who won primaries for Senate seats (18)
  • Women who filed for House races (299)
  • Women who won primaries for House seats (166) 

Who is Running:

The Center for American Women in  Politics has a complete list of the Women Congressional and Statewide Executive Candidates 2012

Races to Watch - Women in SENATE Battleground States

(Latest polling from Real Clear Politics)

Connecticut                 Linda McMahon (R)/Chris Murphy (D)      Murphy+5

Massachusetts             Elizabeth Warren (D)/Scott Brown (R)*     Warren +3

Missouri                     Claire McCaskill (D)/Todd Akin (R)            McCaskill +6.3

North Dakota              Heidi Heitkamp (D)/Rick Berg (R)              Berg +5.7

Wisconsin                   Tammy Baldwin (D)/Tommy Thompson (R) Baldwin +2.2

                                    * incumbent

Use the Election Night Women Candidates Scorecard to keep track of women candidates.

PolicyMic will be live blogging the presidential election. Bookmark and refresh this page to follow along for updates on the races featuring women.

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