Currently, we have seventeen women in the U.S. Senate. Republicans Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) and Olympia Snow (Maine) are retiring at the end of this session. With the addition of five new female Senators elected on November 6th, the U.S. Senate will be home to twenty Gentle Women. Of the five newly elected, only one is a Republican, Deb Fischer of Nebraska who is taking the seat Nebraskans have allowed Ben Nelson (D) to fill since January 2001. Sixteen of the 113th Congress’ female Senators will be Democrats and four Republicans.
Interestingly, Sarah Palin endorsed Deb Fischer, and defeated Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana endorsed Fischer’s Democrat opponent, former Nebraska U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey. Way to go Dick. Typical.
Republicans in the Senate Chamber after election day will be Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Kelly Ayotte (NH), and Deb Fischer. I am aware that Barbara Boxer is no ‘Gentle Woman,’ nor Claire McCaskill. No need to email, but comments will be fun.