A record number of women to serve in U.S. Congress

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 6th, 2020 4:28 pm

Last Updated Nov 7th, 2020 at 12:56 pm

A record number of women are slated to serve in the U.S. Congress next year, with at least 129 women joining the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The previous record was set in 2019 at 127 women serving in Congress, according to data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a department of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

The House will see at least 83 Democratic women and at least 23 Republican women for a total of 106, CAWP said. This included 85 incumbents and 21 newly elected women.

The Senate will see 25 women, just under the previous record in 2019, which was 26 Senate seats held by women.

"Women's representation in American politics has been, through struggle and persistence, on a long, if occasionally fitful, upward trajectory," said CAWP Director Debbie Walsh. "With all that progress, at best women will still make up less than 30% of Congress in 2021."

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