Women in the United States Congress: 1917-2005
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A record 83 women serve in the 109th Congress 69 in the House 46 Democrats and 23 Republicans and 14 in the Senate 9 Democrats and 5 Republicans. Representative Jeanette Rankin R-MT, 1917-1919, 1941-1943 was the first woman elected to Congress. Rebecca Latimer Felton D-GA was the first woman to serve in the Senate. She was appointed in 1922 and served for only one day. A total of 228 women have served in Congress, 144 Democrats and 84 Republicans. Of these women, 195 have served only in the House 26 have served only in the Senate and seven have served in both houses. The figures include one Delegate each from Guam, Hawaii, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Of the 202 women who have served in the House, 36 were elected to fill vacancies caused by the death of their husbands. Fifteen of the 36 were subsequently elected to additional terms. Nineteen women have been elected to fill other vacancies.
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