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Women in the Senate


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Chapter 1: Women in the Senate
Chapter 2: Women Senators

Women in the Senate 

Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia, the first woman to serve in the United States Senate, took the oath of office on November 21, 1922. Having been appointed to fill a vacancy on October 3, Felton's official service began on that date but she served only 24 hours after taking the oath. The 87-year-old Felton's largely symbolic Senate service capped a long career in Georgia politics and journalism.

The first woman elected to the Senate was Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas. Appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, U.S. Senator Thaddeus Caraway, Ms. Caraway then sought and won election on her own in 1932. She was reelected in 1938 and served until 1945.

Women Senators 

To date, 51 women have served in the United States Senate, with 22 serving at this time (indicated in bold print below).

Name (Party) State Service Dates
Felton, Rebecca Latimer (D) Georgia 1922
Caraway, Hattie Wyatt (D) Arkansas 1931-1945
Long, Rose McConnell (D) Louisiana 1936-1937
Graves, Dixie Bibb (D) Alabama 1937-1938
Pyle, Gladys (R) South Dakota 1938-1939
Bushfield, Vera Cahalan (R) South Dakota 1948
Smith, Margaret Chase (R) Maine 1949-1973
Bowring, Eva Kelley (R) Nebraska 1954
Abel, Hazel Hempel (R) Nebraska 1954
Neuberger, Maurine Brown (D) Oregon 1960-1967
Edwards, Elaine S. (D) Louisiana 1972
Humphrey, Muriel (D) Minnesota 1978
Allen, Maryon (D) Alabama 1978
Kassebaum, Nancy Landon (R) Kansas 1978-1997
Hawkins, Paula (R) Florida 1981-1987
Mikulski, Barbara (D) Maryland 1987-2017
Burdick, Jocelyn (D) North Dakota 1992
Feinstein, Dianne (D) California 1992-
Boxer, Barbara (D) California 1993-2017
Braun, Carol Moseley (D) Illinois 1993-1999
Murray, Patty (D) Washington 1993-
Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R) Texas 1993-2013
Snowe, Olympia Jean (R) Maine 1995-2013
Frahm, Sheila (R) Kansas 1996
Landrieu, Mary (D) Louisiana 1997-2015
Collins, Susan (R) Maine 1997-
Lincoln, Blanche (D) Arkansas 1999-2011
Clinton, Hillary Rodham (D) New York 2001-2009
Stabenow, Deborah (D) Michigan 2001-
Cantwell, Maria E. (D) Washington 2001-
Carnahan, Jean (D) Missouri 2001-2002
Murkowski, Lisa (R) Alaska 2002-
Dole, Elizabeth (R) North Carolina 2003-2009
McCaskill, Claire (D) Missouri 2007-
Klobuchar, Amy (D) Minnesota 2007-
Shaheen, Jeanne (D) New Hampshire 2009-
Hagan, Kay R. (D) North Carolina 2009-2015
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D) New York 2009-
Ayotte, Kelly (R) New Hampshire 2011-2017
Hirono, Mazie (D) Hawaii 2013-
Warren, Elizabeth (D) Massachusetts 2013-
Fischer, Deb (R) Nebraska 2013-
Heitkamp, Heidi (D) North Dakota 2013-
Baldwin, Tammy (D) Wisconsin 2013-
Capito, Shelley Moore (R) West Virginia 2015-
Ernst, Joni (R) Iowa 2015-
Cortez Masto, Catherine (D) Nevada 2017-
Duckworth, Tammy (D) Illinois 2017-
Harris, Kamala (D) California 2017-
Hassan, Margaret Wood (D) New Hampshire 2017-
Smith, Tina (D) Minnesota 2018-

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Women in Congress (House of Representatives)