Women Candidates Made Historic Gains in Representation - 2012 Election Results - Heitkamp 20th woman in Senate!


Women Made History on Tuesday!

New Hampshire has the distinction of electing the first-ever all-women delegation, by electing Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Ann McLane Kuster (D).  They join Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R).  Governor-elect Hassan will be the only female Democratic governor in 2013.

20 women will hold Senate seats in the 113th Congress!  This is the most ever.  Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota was the last Senate race to confirm a winner.

At least 17 women will join the Freshmen class as Congresswomen in the 113th Congress (two Arizona seats are still pending).  Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, at least 77 of those in the 113th Congress will be women, breaking the current record of 73!

Of the approximately 90 new Members of Congress (House and Senate), 22 are women.

New Women Senators

Tammy Baldwin (D) - Wisconsin Deb Fischer (R) - Nebraska Heidi Heitkamp (D) - North Dakota Mazie Hirono (D) - Hawaii Elizabeth Warren (D) - Massachusetts

Re-Elected Women Senators

Maria Cantwell (D) - Washington

Dianne Feinstein (D) - California

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) - New York

Amy Klobuchar (D) - Minnesota

Claire McCaskill (D) - Missouri

Debbie Stabenow (D) - Michigan

Of the 17 current female Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) and Olympia Snowe (ME), both Republicans, are retiring. 

Women Who Won (or races still pending)


            District 2         Martha Roby (R)

            District 7         Terri Sewell (D)


            District 1         Ann Kirkpatrick (D)

            District 2         Martha McSally (R) - pending

            District 9         Krystan Sinema (D) - pending


            US Senate        Diane Feinstein (D)

            District 6         Doris Matsui (D)

            District 12       Nancy Pelosi (D)

            District 13       Barbara Lee (D)

            District 14       Jackie Speier (D)

            District 18       Anna Eshoo (D)

            District 19       Zoe Lofgren (D)

            District 24       Lois Capps (D)

            District 26       Julia Brownley (D) 

            District 27       Judy Chu (D)

            District 32       Grace Napolitano (D)

            District 35       Gloria Negrete McLeod (D)

            District 36       Mary Bono Mack (R)

            District 37       Karen Bass (D)

            District 38       Linda Sanchez (D)

            District 40       Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)

            District 43       Maxine Waters (D)

            District 44       Janice Hahn (D)

            District 46       Loretta Sanchez (D)

            District 53       Susan Davis (D)


            District 1         Diana DeGette (D)


            District 3         Rosa DeLauro (D)

            District 5         Elizabeth Esty (D)

District of Columbia

            At-Large          Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)


            District 5         Corrine Brown (D)

            District 14       Kathy Castor (D)

            District 22       Lois Frankel (D)

            District 23       Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)

            District 24       Frederica Wilson (D)

            District 27       Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)


            Senate              Mazie Hirono (D)

            District 1         Colleen Hanabusa (D)

            District 2         Tulsi Gabbard (D)


            District 8         Tammy Duckworth (D)

            District 9         Jan Schakowsky (D)

            District 17       Cheri Bustos (D)


            District 2         Jacki Walorski (R)

            District 5         Susan Brooks (R)


            District 2         Lynn Jenkins (R)


            District 1         Chellie Pingree (D)


            District 4         Donna Edwards (D)


            Senate              Elizabeth Warren (D)

            District 3         Niki Tsongas (D)


            Senate              Debbie Stabenow (D)

            District 10       Candice Miller (R)


            Senate              Amy Klobuchar (D)

            District 4         Betty McCollum (D)

            District 6         Michelle Bachmann (R)


            Senate              Claire McCaskill (D)

            District 2         Ann Wagner (R)

            District 4         Vicki Hartzler (R)

            District 8         Jo Ann Emerson (R)


            Senate              Deb Fischer (R)

New Hampshire

            District 1         Carol Shea-Porter (D)

            District 2         Ann McLane Kuster (D)


            District 1         Dina Titus (D)

New Mexico

            District 1         Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

New York

            Senate              Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

            District 4         Carolyn McCarthy (D)

            District 6         Grace Meng (D)

            District 7         Nydia Velazquez (D)

            District 9         Yvette Clarke (D)

            District 12       Carolyn Maloney (D)

            District 17       Nita Lowey (D)

            District 25       Louise Slaughter (D)

North Carolina

            District 2         Renee Elmers (R)

            District 5         Virginia Foxx (R)

North Dakota

            Senate              Heidi Heitkamp (D)


            District 3         Joyce Beatty (D)

            District 9         Marcy Kaptur (D)

            District 11       Marcia Fudge (D)


            District 1         Suzanne Bonamici (D)


            District 13       Allyson Schwartz (D)

South Dakota

            At-Large          Kristi Noem (R)


            District 6         Diane Black (R)

            District 7         Marsha Blackburn (R)


            District 12       Kay Granger (12)

            District 18       Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

            District 30       Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)


            Senate              Maria Cantwell (D)

            District 1         Suzan DelBene (D)

            District 3         Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)

West Virginia

            District 2         Shelley Moore Capito (R)


            Senate              Tammy Baldwin (D)

            District 4         Gwen Moore (D)


            At-Large          Cynthia Lummis (R)



Elizabeth Warren - Massachusetts Claire McCaskill - Missouri Debbie Stabenow - Michigan Deb Fischer - Nebraska Kirsten Gillibrand - New York


Linda McMahon - Connecticut Cynthia Dill - Maine Wendy Long - New York


Watch these three House races, among those expected to be close:

California District 36

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R)  challenged by Paul Ruiz (D)

Minnesota District 6

Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R) challenged by Jim Graves (D)

Utah District 4

Congressman Jim Matheson (D) challenged by Mia Love (R)



Yes, women are a critical part of the electorate, and we also serve in elected offices nationwide. Since suffragist Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress in 1916, representing Montana, women have been elected to and served in the House and Senate. Rebecca Felton, another suffragist, became the first woman to serve in the Senate when she was appointed by the governor of Georgia to serve a vacancy in 1922.  

In 2012, women set a record for the number of filings in the House and Senate: 299 women filed to run for House seats, beating the previous record of 262 in 2010; 36 women filed to run for the senate, surpassing the 2010 record. This year, 138 women won their parties' primaries.  Nationally, women could be serving in record numbers if all of the women running for national office are elected on November 6th. 18 women are running in the Senate, and 141 in the House. 

Soon, our voices may not only be heard, but they may also echo in the halls of Congress!  At the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, Susan J. Carroll, Professor of Political Science claims "we stand to have the largest number of new women elected to the House since 1992." 

In the 112th Congress, women hold 16.8% of the 535 seats(17/100 in the Senate and 73/435 in the House.) Here are some facts about women in the current Congress: 

26 states have female representation Four states have never elected a woman to Congress

Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, and Vermont 17 women are currently serving in the Senate 73 women are serving in the House of Representatives

24, or 27.0%, of the 90 women serving in congress are women of color. In addition, an African American woman and a Caribbean American woman serve as Delegates to the House from Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands, respectively. 

How many women are running in 2012

Senate - 18 (20D, 16R)

6 incumbents 8 for open senate seats 4 are challenging current senators

House - 166 (118D, 48R)

66 incumbents 26 for open seats 74 are challenging current house members 

Records broken in 2012:

Women who filed for Senate races (36) Women who won primaries for Senate seats (18) Women who filed for House races (299) Women who won primaries for House seats (166) 

Who is Running:

The Center for American Women in  Politics has a complete list of the Women Congressional and Statewide Executive Candidates 2012

Races to Watch - Women in SENATE Battleground States

(Latest polling from Real Clear Politics)

Connecticut                 Linda McMahon (R)/Chris Murphy (D)      Murphy+5

Massachusetts             Elizabeth Warren (D)/Scott Brown (R)*     Warren +3

Missouri                     Claire McCaskill (D)/Todd Akin (R)            McCaskill +6.3

North Dakota              Heidi Heitkamp (D)/Rick Berg (R)              Berg +5.7

Wisconsin                   Tammy Baldwin (D)/Tommy Thompson (R) Baldwin +2.2

                                    * incumbent

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