New Hampshire Has First All-Female Congressional Delegation

For the first time in American history, a state’s entire Congressional delegation, including Senators, is made up of women:

I posted yesterday on the possibility that New Hampshire could elect a female governor and an all-female congressional delegation this year, and that’s exactly what has come to pass.

The AP has now called both congressional races for Democrats Ann McLane Kuster and former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Democrat Maggie Hassan became the governor-elect earlier in the night. The state is already represented in the Senate by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayotte, making this the first state ever to have an all-woman federal delegation and governor.

Given that New Hampshire’s entire delegation is fairly small this was a far easier feat to achieve than if we were talking about, say, California. Nonetheless, it’s quite the milestone, is it not?

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  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Nonetheless, it’s quite the milestone, is it not?

    Indeed, it is.

  2. Fiona says:

    Yes indeed.

  3. Jen says:

    I am truly amazed–and pretty proud of this state.

  4. Gromitt Gunn says:

    Very cool, indeed.

  5. stonetools says:

    Binders full of New Hampshire women…

    Did the Democrats win back of control of the state legislature? I hear tjhe leader of the Republican House in NH is aa particularly odious Teatard…

  6. Jen says:

    @stonetools: I still haven’t been able to find a final count for the NH House. The NH Senate was a bit of a bloodbath for Republicans, they had held an 18-6 majority, and right now it’s looking like either a tie at 12-12 or 13-11 (one seat might be up for a recount, it was very close). O’Brien (the House Speaker) was reelected.

  7. Jen says:

    @stonetools: The Democrats did indeed win back the NH House. Again, I attribute this to the near-singular focus the Republicans put on social issues once they won.