Women in the Senate
A new record was set in the November 6, 2012 election with 20% of the U.S. Senate now comprised of women leaders (the previous record was 18%). The year 2010 saw the first net loss of women Senators since 1976, but they’re on the rise again. It’s important to see women in these positions because it will only encourage and inspire more to run for office. Here’s a list of the women Senators; click their names to learn about them.
- Mazie Hirono (D-HI) new elect
- Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) new elect
- Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) new elect
- Deb Fischer (R-NE) new elect
- Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) new elect. first openly gay senator.
- Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
- Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
- Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
- Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
- Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
- Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
- Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
- Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
- Kay Hagan (D-NC)
- Patty Murray (D-WA)
- Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Also, as of the election, New Hampshire is represented in the U.S. Congress only by women. They also have a woman governor.
Legal Status of Same-Sex Marriage
Four states (Maine, Minnesota, Washington, Maryland) voted to legalize love. In other words, same-sex marriage is now allowed in a total of eight states and D.C. Click here to find an interactive map with some history of same-sex marriage since 1990. Highlights:
- Between 1996-97, 22 states banned it by statute.
- An Alaskan judge was the first to legalize it in Feb. 1998; by Nov. a constitutional amendment overturned that.
- Massachusetts legalized in 2004.
- The same year in Nov, 12 states made marriage and/or civil unions illegal under the constitution. Seven more did the same in 2006.
- 2009 saw a lot of activity: IA, VT, and CT legalized, several others gave some or all civil union rights.
And the current standings: