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Leadership

Women in the House of Representatives

Women who have served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Barbara Charline Jordan (born 1936, died 1996)

    American lawyer, legislator and professor. The first African-American woman elected to Congress by a Southern state.

    • Representative, D-Texas, 1973-79
  • Bella Abzug (born 1920, died 1998)

    American politician. The first Jewish woman to serve in Congress.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1971-77
  • Clare Boothe Luce (born 1903, died 1987)

    American journalist, legislator and diplomat.

    • Representative, R-Connecticut, 1943-47
  • Jeannette Rankin (born 1880, died 1973)

    American suffragist and political leader. The first woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

    • Representative, R-Montana, 1917-19, 1942-43
  • Margaret Chase Smith (born 1897, died 1995)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, R-Maine, 1940-48
  • Martha Wright Griffiths (born 1912)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Michigan, 1955-74
  • Lynn Martin (born 1939)

    American legislator, stateswoman and educator.

    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1981-90
  • Elizabeth Holtzman (born 1941)

    American lawyer and politician.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1973-81
  • Chase Going Woodhouse (born 1890, died 1984)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Connecticut, 1945-47, 1949-51
  • Jessica McCullough Weis (born 1901, died 1963)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1959-63
  • Enid Greene Waldholtz (born 1958)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Utah, 1995-
  • Barbara F. Vucanovich (born 1921)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Nevada, 1993-1997
  • Karen L. Thurman (born 1951)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Florida, 1993-
  • Lera M. Thomas (born 1900, died 1993)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Texas, 1966-67
  • Leonor K. Sullivan (born 1902, died 1988)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Missouri, 1953-77
  • Winnifred C. Stanley (born 1909, died 1996)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1943-45
  • Gladys Noon Spellman (born 1918, died 1988)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Maryland, 1975-81
  • Olympia Jean Snowe (born 1947)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Maine, 1979-94
  • Virginia Dodd Smith (born 1911)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Nebraska, 1975-1991
  • Louise McIntosh Slaughter (born 1929)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1993-
  • Patricia S. Schroeder (born 1940)

    American politician. First woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.

    • Representative, D-Colorado, 1973-1997
  • Patricia Fukuda Saiki (born 1930)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Hawaii, 1987-1991
  • Margaret S. Roukema (born 1929)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New Jersey, 1981-
  • Edith Nourse Rogers (born 1881, died 1960)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Massachusetts, 1925-60
  • Alice M. Robertson (born 1854, died 1931)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Oklahoma, 1921-23
  • Lynn Nancy Rivers (born 1956)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Michigan, 1995-
  • Corrine Boyd Riley (born 1893, died 1979)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-South Carolina, 1962-63
  • Charlotte T. Reid (born 1913)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1963-71
  • Louise G. Reece (born 1898, died 1970)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Tennessee, 1961-63
  • Ruth Baker Pratt (born 1877, died 1965)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1929-33
  • Eliza Jane Pratt (born 1902, died 1981)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-North Carolina, 1946-47
  • Shirley Neil Pettis (born 1924)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-California, 1975-79
  • Elizabeth J. Patterson (born 1939)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-South Carolina, 1987-93
  • Patsy Ann ''Pat'' Danner (born 1934)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Missouri, 1993-2001
  • Ruth Bryan Owen (born 1885, died 1954)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Florida, 1929-33
  • Pearl P. Oldfield (born 1876, died 1962)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Arkansas, 1929-31
  • Mary Rose Oakar (born 1940)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Ohio, 1977-93
  • Mary T. Norton (born 1875, died 1959)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-New Jersey, 1925-51
  • Catherine D. Norrell (born 1901, died 1981)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Arkansas, 1969-63
  • Mae Ella Nolan (born 1886, died 1973)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-California, 1923-25
  • Constance A. Morella (born 1931)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Maryland, 1987-
  • Patsy T. Mink (born 1927)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Hawaii, 1965-77, 1990-
  • Barbara Ann Mikulski (born 1936)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Maryland, 1977-87
  • Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky (born 1942)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Pennsylvania, 1993-95
  • Helen Stevenson Meyner (born 1929, died 1997)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-New Jersey, 1975-79
  • Clara G. McMillan (born 1894, died 1976)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-South Carolina, 1940-41
  • Ruth Hanna McCormick (born 1880, died 1944)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1929-31
  • Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy (born 1894, died 1952)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Kansas, 1933-35
  • Helen Douglas Mankin (born 1896, died 1956)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Georgia, 1946-47
  • Carolyn B. Maloney (born 1948)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1993-
  • Georgia L. Lusk (born 1893, died 1971)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-New Mexico, 1947-49
  • Nita M. Lowey (born 1937)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1989-
  • Catherine Small Long (born 1924)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Louisiana, 1985-87
  • Jill Lynnette Long (born 1952)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Indiana, 1989-
  • Sheila Jackson-Lee (born 1950)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Texas, 1995-
  • Martha Elizabeth Keys (born 1930)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Kansas, 1975-79
  • Barbara Bailey Kennelly (born 1936)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Connecticut, 1983-1999
  • Edna E. Kelly (born 1906, died 1997)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Indiana, 1949-69
  • Sue W. Kelly (born 1936)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1995-
  • Maude Elizabeth Kee (born 1895, died 1975)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-West Virginia, 1951-65
  • Florence P. Kahn (born 1866, died 1948)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-California, 1925-37
  • Nancy L. Johnson (born 1935)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Connecticut, 1983-
  • Virginia Ellis Jenckes (born 1877, died 1975)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Indiana, 1933-39
  • Joan Kelly Horn (born 1936)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Missouri, 1991-93
  • Nan Wood Honeyman (born 1881, died 1970)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Oregon, 1937-39
  • Marjorie Sewell Holt (born 1920)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Maryland, 1973-87
  • Louise D. Hicks (born 1923)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Massachusetts, 1971-73
  • Margaret M. Heckler (born 1931)

    American politician and government official.

    • Representative, R-Massachusetts, 1967-83
  • Julia Butler Hansen (born 1907, died 1988)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Washington, 1960-74
  • Katie Beatrice Hall (born 1938)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Indiana, 1982-85
  • Ella T. Grasso (born 1919, died 1981)

    American politician. Governor of Connecticut from 1975-80, she was the first female governor in the U.S. elected in her own right rather than being chosen to succeed her husband.

    • Representative, D-Connecticut, 1971-75
  • Kathryn O. Granahan (born 1906, died 1979)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Pennsylvania, 1956-63
  • Florence R. Gibbs (born 1890, died 1964)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Georgia, 1940-41
  • Katharine St. George (born 1894, died 1983)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1947-65
  • Elizabeth (Bessie) Hawley Gasque (born 1896, died 1989)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-South Carolina, 1939
  • Willa L. Fulmer (born 1884, died 1968)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-South Carolina, 1944-45
  • Geraldine Anne Ferraro (born 1935)

    American politician. As Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984, she was the first female vice-presidential candidate from a major U.S. party.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1979-85
  • Millicent Hammond Fenwick (born 1910, died 1992)

    American politician who was the inspiration for the character Lacey Davenport in Gary Trudeau's ''Doonesbury'' comic strip.

    • Representative, R-New Jersey, 1975-83
  • Mary Elizabeth Farrington (born 1898, died 1984)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Hawaii, 1954-57
  • Willa B. Eslick (born 1878, died 1961)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Tennessee, 1932-33
  • Anna G. Eshoo (born 1942)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1993-
  • Florence P. Dwyer (born 1902, died 1976)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New Jersey, 1957-72
  • Helen Gahagan Douglas (born 1900, died 1980)

    American singer and politician. Wife of Melvyn Douglas.

    • Representative, D-California, 1945-51
  • Emily Taft Douglas (born 1899, died 1984)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Illinois, 1945-47
  • Rosa L. DeLauro (born 1943)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Connecticut, 1991-
  • Marian Williams Clarke (born 1880, died 1953)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1934-35
  • Marguerite Stitt Church (born 1892, died 1990)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1951-63
  • Shirley A. Chisholm (born 1924)

    American politician. The first African-American woman elected to Congress.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1969-83
  • Hattie W. Caraway (born 1878, died 1950)

    American politician. The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, in 1932.

    • Representative, D-Arkansas
  • Katherine Edgar Byron (born 1903, died 1976)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Maryland
  • Beverly Butcher Byron (born 1932)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Maryland, 1979-1993
  • Leslie L. Byrne (born 1946)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Virginia, 1993-95
  • Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (born 1932)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1973-79
  • Reva Beck Bosone (born 1895, died 1983)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Utah, 1949-53
  • Frances P. Bolton (born 1885, died 1977)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Ohio, 1940-69
  • Helen Delich Bentley (born 1923)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Maryland, 1985-1995
  • Jean Spencer Ashbrook (born 1934)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Ohio, 1982-83
  • Corinne Claiborne ''Lindy'' Boggs (born 1916)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Louisiana, 1973-
  • Elizabeth Andrews (born 1911)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Alabama, 1972
  • Isabella Greenway (born 1886, died 1953)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Arizona, 1934-37
  • Caroline Love Godwin O'Day (born 1875, died 1943)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1935-43
  • Jessie Sumner (born 1898, died 1994)

    American politician and jurist.

    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1937-47
  • Vera Buchanan (born 1902, died 1955)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Pennsylvania, 1951-55
  • Ruth Thompson (born 1887, died 1970)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Michigan, 1951-57
  • Gracie Pfost (born 1906, died 1965)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Idaho, 1953-63
  • Edith Green (born 1910, died 1987)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Oregon, 1955-74
  • Cardiss Collins (born 1931)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Illinois, 1973-1997
  • Claudine Schneider (born 1947)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Rhode Island, 1981-1991
  • Bobbi Fiedler (born 1937)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-California, 1981-87
  • Barbara Boxer (born 1940)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1983-93
  • Nancy Pelosi (born 1940)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1987-
  • Barbara-Rose Collins (born 1939)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Michigan, 1991- 1997
  • Lynn Woolsey (born 1938)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1993-
  • Corrine Brown (born 1946)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Florida, 1993-
  • Tillie K. Fowler (born 1943)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Florida, 1993-2001
  • Nydia M. Vel├ízquez (born 1953)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1993-
  • Jennifer Dunn (born 1942)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Washington, 1993-
  • Maria Cantwell (born 1959)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Washington, 1993-95
  • Andrea Seastrand (born 1941)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-California, 1995-97
  • Susan Brooks

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-California, 1995-
  • Helen Chenoweth-Hage (born 1938)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Idaho, 1995-2001
  • Linda Smith (born 1950)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Washington, 1995-1999
  • Winnifred S.M. Huck (born 1882, died 1936)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1922-23
  • Katherine Langley (born 1888, died 1948)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Kentucky, 1927-31
  • Veronica Boland (born 1899, died 1982)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Pennsylvania, 1942-43
  • Coya Knutson (born 1912, died 1996)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Minnesota, 1955-59
  • Iris Blitch (born 1912, died 1993)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Georgia, 1955-63
  • Edna Simpson (born 1891, died 1984)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1959-61
  • Catherine May (born 1914)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Washington, 1959-70
  • Marilyn Lloyd (born 1929)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Tennessee, 1975 - 1995
  • Marcy Kaptur (born 1946)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Ohio, 1983-
  • Sala Burton (born 1925, died 1987)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1983-87
  • Jan Meyers (born 1928)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Kansas, 1985-1997
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Florida, 1989-
  • Jolene Unsoeld (born 1931)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Washington, 1989-95
  • Susan Molinari (born 1958)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-New York, 1990-1997
  • Maxine Waters (born 1938)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1991-
  • Blanche Lambert Lincoln (born 1960)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Arkansas, 1993-1997
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (born 1941)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1993-
  • Carrie Meek (born 1926)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Florida, 1993-
  • Cynthia Ann McKinney (born 1955)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Georgia, 1993-
  • Eva Clayton (born 1934)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-North Carolina, 1993-
  • Deborah Price (born 1951)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Ohio, 1993-
  • Elizabeth Furse (born 1936)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Oregon, 1993-1999
  • Karan English (born 1949)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Arizona, 1993-95
  • Jane Harman (born 1946)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-California, 1993-99, 2001-
  • Karen Shepherd (born 1941)

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Utah, 1993-95
  • Zoe Lofgren (born 1947)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-California, 1995-
  • Sue Myrick (born 1941)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-North Carolina, 1995-
  • Catherine Webber

    American politician.

    • Representative, D-Oregon, 1995-
  • Barbara Cubin (born 1946)

    American politician.

    • Representative, R-Wyoming, 1995-
  • Ellen O. Tauscher (born 1951)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-California, 1997-
  • Juanita M. McDonald (born 1938)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-California, 1996-
  • Diana DeGette (born 1957)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Colorado, 1997-
  • Julia M. Carson (born 1938)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Indiana, 1997-
  • Anne Meagher Northup (born 1948)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, R-Kentucky, 1997-
  • Debbie Stabenow (born 1950)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Michigan, 1997-2000
  • Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (born 1945)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Michigan, 1997-
  • Karen McCarthy (born 1947)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Missouri, 1995-
  • Jo Ann Emerson (born 1950)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, R-Missouri, 1996-
  • Carolyn McCarthy (born 1944)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-New York, 1997-
  • Kay Granger (born 1943)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, R-Texas, 1997-
  • Effiegene Wingo (born 1883, died 1962)

    American legislator.

    • Representative, D-Arkansas, 1930-33
  • Grace F. Napolitano (born 1936)
    • Representative, D-California, 1999 -
  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones (born 1949)
    • Representative, D-Ohio, 1999-
  • Heather Wilson (born 1960)
    • Representative, New Mexico, 1998 -
  • Lynn Schenk (born 1945)
    • Representative, California, 1993-1995
  • Janice D. Schakowsky (born 1944)
    • Representative, Illinois, 1999-
  • Loretta Sanchez (born 1960)
    • Representative, California, 1997-
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (born 1937)
    • Delegate from District of Columbia, 1991-
  • Lee Barbara (born 1946)
    • Reprentative, D-California, 1998-
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (born 1935)
    • Representative, D-Texas, 1993-
  • Darlene Hooley (born 1939)
    • Representative, D-Oregon, 1997-
  • Cecil Murray Harden (born 1894, died 1984)
    • Representative, R-Indiana, 1949-1959
  • Donna Christensen (born 1945)
    • Delegate from the Virgin Islands, 1997-
  • Capps Lois (born 1938)
    • Representative, D-California, 1998-
  • Mary Bono (born 1961)
    • Representative, R-California, 1998-
  • Biggert Judith Borg (born 1936)
    • Representative, R-Illinois, 1999-
  • Berkley Shelley (born 1951)
    • Representative, D-Nevada, 1999-
  • Irene Bailey Baker (born 1901, died 1994)
    • Representative, R-Tennessee, 1964-1965

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