US Congress to have maximum number of female senators in history

ANI
7 November 2012

Washington, Nov. 7 (ANI): The 113th Congress will have at least 19 female senators, the most ever in US history.

Joining the Senate will be Republican Deb Fischer (Nebraska) and Democrats Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts).

All six Democratic women up for reelection-Senators Maria Cantwell (Washington), Dianne Feinstein (California), Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), Claire McCaskill (Missouri) and Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), won their races.

According to the Huffington Post, two female Democrats, Shelley Berkley in Nevada and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, were locked in races that were too close to call.

Five Republican female candidates lost the race. Wendy Long ran against Gillibrand, Elizabeth Emken went up against Feinstein and Linda Lingle ran against Hirono. Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Heather Wilson in New Mexico also lost, the report said.

There are currently 17 female U.S. senators, which had also been a record number. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Olympia Snowe are both retiring, meaning the next Congress will have just four female Republican senators.

Female candidates were a key part of the Democratic Party's strategy to keep the Senate, with candidates like McCaskill, Baldwin and Warren in some of the most competitive races in the country, the report added.

According to the report, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, led by Senator Patty Murray, consistently touted the fact that it had recruited a record number of female candidates.

"When we started this campaign, no one, and I mean no one gave us a chance," said Murray on Tuesday night.

"But we went out and built the best Senate campaigns in the history of the country. We recruited some of the highest quality candidates, including a record number of women. Democrats never let up and now we will retain our majority in the United States Senate," Murray added. (ANI)