Record number of women will be serving in the 116th Congress

“On Thursday, the most diverse new crop of lawmakers in history will be sworn in to the 116th Congress. More women — and women of color — will be in Congress than ever,” as is reporting.

“According to the Pew Research Center, 102 female U.S. House members — about a quarter of all members — will be in the 116th Congress, 34.3% of them for the first time. That’s a record over the previous House, which had 87 women. As for the Senate, 25 women, 20% of whom are new, will take their seats on Thursday, beating the previous record of 23. That’s a quarter of the Senate.”

“It’s a year of historic firsts. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer became the youngest women ever to serve in Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim-American women ever elected. Ayanna Pressley will be the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia will be the first Latinas to represent Texas. And Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland are the first Indigenous women ever elected to Congress.”

Photo credit: Martin Schoeller for Vanity Fair on Kamala Harris’ Facebook page

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “Record number of women will be serving in the 116th Congress”

  1. If I could fill out a dress like Ocasio-Cortez, I’d be singing “Devil With a Blue Dress On”, all day long!
    You go girls!

  2. Right wingers tried to troll OAC with the college days dancing video, it totally backfired on the trolls. She looks like a star, they’re happy American college students dancing on rooftops promoting their school. The video went viral and people loved it.

    Nice try right wingers, but you look like the old dull humorless mullahs from Iran, and she looked great.

    “The actor Russell Crowe said the dance was “fantastic”, adding: “The more politicians we have like AOC the sooner we’ll all be dancing.”
    Amen to Crowe’s statement!

    1. Yes, that video showing her fit and sexy young body dancing on a rooftop will really sink her, . . . NOT!
      To the legislators and their staff, you have better things to do than try to dig up dirt on people.
      Get to work for America’s taxpayers!

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