Women In Senate: 2012 Election ushers in historic number of Female Senators

November 8th, 2012

Published on Huffington Post, by Amanda Terkel, Nov. 7, 2012.

WASHINGTON – The 113th Congress will have at least 19 female senators, the most ever in U.S. history. Joining the Senate will be Republican Deb Fischer (Neb.) and Democrats Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) … //

… “Democratic women in the Senate were the first line of defense against the Republican war on women,” added EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement. “Voters saw the role they played, and they trust them to lead on the issues that matter to women and families. That’s why they sent every single Democratic woman up for re-election to the Senate back to Washington. It’s an incredible testament to the good work these women do in Washington.”

Issues that disproportionately affect women – from reproductive rights to Medicare to jobs – were front and center of the 2012 campaign. McCaskill, in particular, was facing a steep uphill climb to reelection, until her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), caused a national uproar over his remark that women who have been victims of “legitimate rape” are physically able to prevent themselves from getting pregnant.

“When women are part of the negotiation and are part of decision-making, the outcomes are just better,” Gillibrand told The Huffington Post last year, discussing the importance of having female representation in the chamber. “When we have our dinners with the women in the Senate – the Democrats and Republicans – we have so much common ground. We agree on so many basic principles and values. I think if there were more women at the decision-making table, we would get more things done.”
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The ARENA – what does President Obama’s victory mean? Join the Debate – Published on Politico.com: … Jim Manley, Senior Director, QGA Public Affairs; former spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

  • After an election like this, the American people have made it pretty clear that they are sick of gridlock and fighting. The question is whether Congress has finally gotten the message as well.
  • I think that Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner have figured out that the tea party has done enormous damage to their brand, to say nothing about the economy, and that something has to change.
  • The problem however will be in how both thread the needle, because the speaker may have to worry even more about his right flank given the fact Paul Ryan will assume a greater role, while McConnell, a cautious politician by nature, is going to have to make sure he doesn’t get a primary challenger in two years and deal with the push from the strong right wing contingent in his own caucus.

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