The current Congress has 127 women, an all-time high.

Note: The total number of women in Congress includes Martha McSally, who will join the Senate after being appointed by Arizona Governor to fill the late John McCain's seat.

The record number of women sworn into office Jan. 3 has changed the face of Congress. The freshman class in the House is the youngest and most racially diverse in history.

It includes the first Muslim and first Native American women. Several states have sent African-American women to the House for the first time, and Texas, a state that is 40 percent Hispanic, has elected its first Latinas. Several of the new women identify as lesbian or bisexual.

In the Senate, six states are now represented only by women, also a first. Together, these women make up nearly a quarter of the voting membership in Congress.

And Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful elected woman in U.S. history, has regained her title as House Speaker, this time for the 116th Congress.

The winners


How did women do in your state?
had 0 women candidates running in midterm races — 0 won, 0 lost.
First female Senator elected
First female U.S. Rep. elected
First female Governor elected
How did first-time candidates do?

0 first-time candidates have been elected. Several political novices already had disrupted the political order by beating long-term incumbents in House primaries, but the majority were not successful in the general election.

How did Republican women do?

0 Republican women have been elected. Of the 277 female candidates, the vast majority were Democrats. Of the 127 women in the 116th Congress, only 21 are Republicans.

An upset, historic firsts, and defeats

About this story

By Leslie Shapiro, Youjin Shin, Ann Gerhart, Kayla Epstein and Monica Ulmanu. Carrie Camillo, Mike Cirelli, Katie Mettler, Kate Rabinowitz, Kevin Schaul and Kevin Uhrmacher also contributed to this report. This story was first published on Nov. 6, 2018.


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