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Record number of women elected to serve in next Congress


Nancy Pelosi and Democratic members of the House of Representatives

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is surrounded by other members of the House during a press conference on the steps of the Capitol on March 8, 2017. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

A surge of female candidates produced a record-breaking number of women elected to serve in the next Congress, shattering the prior record of 107 currently at the Capitol.

While races are still being called, 103 women have won election or reelection across the country so far. They join 10 women in the Senate who weren’t up for reelection this year.

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More women than ever filed to run for both chambers and won primary elections, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers.

President Donald Trump’s election and the #MeToo movement are considered factors in the rise in female contenders, at least among Democrats.

As of Tuesday, 185 Democratic women and 52 Republican women were running for the House. Among female Senate candidates, 15 were Democrats and eight were Republicans.

CAWP has attributed the disparity between Republican and Democratic female candidates to recruitment and infrastructure.

Women elected or reelected to serve in the House:

Alma Adams (D-N.C.)

Cindy Axne (D-Iowa)

Nanette Barragan (D-Calif.)

Karen Bass (D-Calif.)

Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio)

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)

Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.)

Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)

Julia Brownley (D-Calif.)

Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)

Kathy Castor (D-Fla.)

Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)

Judy Chu (D-Calif.)

Katherine Clark (D-Mass.)

Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.)

Angie Craig (D-Minn.)

Sharice Davids (D-Kan.)

Susan Davis (D-Calif.)

Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.)

Diana DeGette (D-Colo.)

Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.)

Val Demings (D-Fla.)

Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.)

Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.)

Veronica Escobar (D-Texas)

Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa)

Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas)

Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)

Lois Frankel (D-Fla.)

Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)

Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)

Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)

Kay Granger (R-Texas)

Debra Haaland (D-N.M.)

Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.)

Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.)

Kendra Horn (D-Okla.)

Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.)

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)

Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)

Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)

Robin Kelly (D-Ill.)

Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.)

Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.)

Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.)

Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)

Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)

Elaine Luria (D-Va.)

Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)

Doris Matsui (D-Calif.)

Betty McCollum (D-Minn.)

Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)

Grace Meng (D-N.Y.)

Carol Miller (R-W.V.)

Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.)

Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.)

Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)

Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)

Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.)

Martha Roby (R-Ala.)

Lisa Rochester (D-Del.)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)

Mary Scanlon (D-Pa.)

Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

Terri Sewell (D-Ala.)

Donna Shalala (D-Fla.)

Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.)

Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.)

Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)

Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

Norma Torres (D-Calif.)

Lori Trahan (D-Mass.)

Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.)

Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.)

Ann Wagner (R-Mo.)

Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.)

Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.)

Susan Wild (D-Pa.)

Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)

Women elected or reelected to serve in the Senate:

Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)

Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)

Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)

Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

Tina Smith (D-Minn.)

Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Women already in the Senate who weren’t up for reelection:

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)

Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)

Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.)

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