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Women in the Senate

Female Senators in the United States Senate

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Women have served as United States Senators since the first in 1922, who served briefly after an appointment, and 1931, with the first election of a female Senator. Women Senators are still a minority in the Senate, though their proportion has generally increased over the years.

Women in the Senate, listed in order of their first election:

Name: Party, State, Years served

  1. Rebecca Latimer Felton: Democrat, Georgia, 1922
     
  2. Hattie Wyatt Caraway: Democrat, Arkansas, 1931 - 1945
     
  3. Rose McConnell Long: Democrat, Louisiana, 1936 - 1937
     
  4. Dixie Bibb Graves: Democrat, Alabama, 1937 - 1938
     
  5. Gladys Pyle: Republican, South Dakota, 1938 - 1939
     
  6. Vera Cahalan Bushfield: Republican, South Dakota, 1948
     
  7. Margaret Chase Smith: Republican, Maine, 1949 - 1973
     
  8. Eva Kelley Bowring: Republican, Nebraska, 1954
     
  9. Hazel Hempel Abel: Republican, Nebraska, 1954
     
  10. Maurine Brown Neuberger: Democrat, Oregon, 1960 - 1967
     
  11. Elaine Schwartzenburg Edwards: Democrat, Louisiana, 1972
     
  12. Muriel Humphrey: Democrat, Minnesota, 1978
     
  13. Maryon Allen: Democrat, Alabama, 1978
     
  14. Nancy Landon Kassebaum: Republican, Kansas, 1978 - 1997
     
  15. Paula Hawkins: Republican, Florida, 1981 - 1987
     
  16. Barbara Mikulski: Democrat, Maryland, 1987 - present
     
  17. Jocelyn Burdick: Democrat, North Dakota, 1992
     
  18. Dianne Feinstein: Democrat, California, 1993 - present
     
  19. Barbara Boxer: Democrat, California, 1993 - present
     
  20. Carol Moseley - Braun: Democrat, Illinois, 1993 - 1999
     
  21. Patty Murray: Democrat, Washington, 1993 - present
     
  22. Kay Bailey Hutchison: Republican, Texas, 1993 - present
     
  23. Olympia Jean Snowe: Republican, Maine, 1995 - 2013
     
  24. Sheila Frahm: Republican, Kansas, 1996
     
  25. Mary Landrieu: Democrat, Louisiana, 1997 - present
     
  26. Susan Collins: Republican, Maine, 1997 - present
     
  27. Blanche Lincoln: Democrat, Arkansas, 1999 - 2011
     
  28. Debbie Stabenow: Democrat, Michigan, 2001 - present
     
  29. Jean Carnahan: Democrat, Missouri, 2001 - 2002
     
  30. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Democrat, New York, 2001 - 2009
     
  31. Maria Cantwell: Democrat, Washington, 2001 - present
     
  32. Lisa Murkowski: Republican, Alaska, 2002 - present
     
  33. Elizabeth Dole: Republican, North Carolina, 2003 - 2009
     
  34. Amy Klobuchar: Democrat, Minnesota, 2007 - present
     
  35. Claire McCaskill: Democrat, Missouri, 2007 - present
     
  36. Kay Hagan: Democrat, North Carolina, 2009 - present
     
  37. Jeanne Shaheen: Democrat, New Hampshire, 2009 - present
     
  38. Kirsten Gillibrand: Democrat, New York, 2009 - present
     
  39. Kelly Ayotte: Republican, New Hampshire, 2011 - present
     
  40. Tammy Baldwin: Democrat, Wisconsin, 2013 - present
     
  41. Deb Fischer: Republican, Nebraska, 2013 - present
     
  42. Heidi Heitkamp: Democrat, North Dakota, 2013 - present
     
  43. Mazie Hirono: Democrat, Hawaii, 2013 -
     
  44. Elizabeth Warren: Democrat, Massachusetts, 2013 - present
     

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