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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Women made history in THREE parties ─ Elections 2012

 Mentioned and unmentioned history-making woman achievements
Excerpting, editing, re-reporting by 
Carolyn Bennett

“People are starting to wake up and realize that the politics of fear - the politics of voting for lesser evils - is getting us all the things that we were afraid of getting in the first place” [Maine Green Party Chair Asher Platts]

Takes a lot of courage
Noteworthy omitted in Center for American Women and Politics data

Dr.Jill Stein
U.S. Presidential
candidate with
VP Cheri Honkala
“Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein won more votes in Maine than in any other state”; and though one percent might not sound like much, it is the first time, since Ralph Nader in 2000, “that any state has voted at least 1 percent for a Green presidential candidate.”

Center for American Women and Politics data
113th U.S. Congress will see highest seating of women

20 women (16 Democratic Party, 4 Republican Party) will serve in the U.S. Senate; at least 77 women (57 Democratic Party, 20 Republican Party) in the U.S. House.

U.S. Senate assembled

Eleven (11) women won their Senate races (10 Democratic, 1 Republican; five newcomers, six incumbent reelections)

Four newcomers won open seats: Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Heidi Heitkamp (D) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI);

One, Elizabeth Warren (DMA), defeated an incumbent

Six incumbents won re-election: Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

Nine women were continuing their terms and remain in the Senate (6 Democratic, 3 Republican)

Seventeen women (12D, 5R) were in the Senate in 2012; two Republican women (Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX; Olympia Snowe, R-ME, did not seek re-election.

U.S. House assembled

Eighteen (18) new women (15 Democratic, 3 Republican) were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (two races at the time of this report had not been called)

Fifty-nine (59) incumbents won re-election.

113th Congress:
Fifty-nine (42 Democratic, 17 Republican) re-elected incumbents
Four (4 Democratic) defeated incumbent members of Congress
Fourteen (11 Democratic, 3 Republican) women won open House seats.

New women in U.S. House:
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ); Julia Brownley (D-CA); Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA); Elizabeth Esty (D-CT); Lois Frankel (D-FL); Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Tammy Duckworth (D-IL); Cheri Bustos (D-IL); Jackie Walorski (R-IN); Susan Brooks (R-IN); Ann Wagner (R-MO); Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH); Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH); Dina Titus (D-NV); Michele Lujan Grisham (D-NM); Grace Meng (D-NY); Joyce Beatty (D-OH); Suzan
DelBene (D-WA)

Three non-voting delegates from Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C., were re-elected.

The previous record number of women serving in the House was 73, which occurred between 2009 and 2012. 

When the 113th Congress convenes, it will include the largest class of women newcomers in a generation.

Seven women members were not general election candidates for the House: Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Shelley Berkley (D-NV); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) ran for the U.S. Senate; Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) retired; and Sandy Adams (R-FL) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) lost their primaries.

Capitol Building South CarolinaKatrina Shealy
in residence


New Hampshire became the first ever U.S. state to have an all-woman Congressional delegation ─ as well as a woman serving as chief executive.

Beginning in 2013, New Hampshire will have a woman governor, two women United States Senators, and an all-woman (two-seat) United States House delegation.

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan (Democratic-NH) joins seated governors of Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Carolina (Republicans)

Five women (1 Democratic, 4 Republican) will hold governorships, a decline from the current six, in 2013

Further History-making

United States Capital City
Capitol Building
Washington Monu
Twenty-eight (28) record-setting women of color in the House (26 Democratic, 2 Republican: 13 African American women, 13D; 9 Latinas, 7D, 2R; 6 Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, 6D)
New members: Six women of color (Democrats): one African-American (Joyce Beatty), three Asian/Pacific Islander Americans (Tammy Duckworth, Tulsi Gabbard, Grace Meng), two Latinas (Lujan Grisham, Negrete McLeod.)

Four states, for the first time, elected women to the U.S. Senate: Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Wisconsin

Deb Fischer (R-NE) is the first Nebraska woman elected to a full Senate term.
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): the first openly gay person in the U.S. Senate.

Mazie Hirono (D-HI): the first Asian/Pacific Islander American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, first U.S. Senator born in Japan, the second woman of color to serve in the Senate

Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI): the first Hindu-American in Congress. Two women military veterans among new women in U.S. House: Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Tulsi Gabbard. 

Katrina Shealy became South Carolina’s first woman elected to the State Senate, giving all United States state legislatures representation by women

Sources and notes

Elections data, Center for American Women and Politics

Center for American Women and Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics promotes greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and enhances women’s influence and leadership in public life. A unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers (the State University of New Jersey), the CAWP is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation.

Over four decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) has provided a foundation and context for the discussion.  http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/

Eagleton Institute of Politics

Suffragist and founder of New Jersey’s League of Women Voters, Florence Peshine Eagleton’s bequest established the Eagleton Institute of Politics in 1956 at Rutgers University.The Institute explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice.

Included in the Institute are the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), both established in the early 1970’s. Eagleton houses the Center on the American Governor, the Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs, and the Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government. http://www.eagleton.rutgers.edu/about/mission.php

Katrina Shealy 

“Shealy Breaks Into South Carolina's All-Male Senate” (AP via USA Today, A woman broke into South Carolina’s all-male Senate on Tuesday as a petition candidate defeating longtime legislative foe of Gov. Nikki Haley, in the House, voters replaced a Republican woman with a Democratic one), November 7, 2012, http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=208089 

Jill Stein

Worthy of note; it takes a lot of courage to accomplish what Jill Stein accomplished ─ Greens continuing progress

“Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein won more votes in Maine than in any other state”; and though one percent might not sound like much, it was the first time, since Ralph Nader in 2000, “that any state has voted at least 1 percent for a Green presidential candidate.

Municipal elections in Portland, Maine, saw two Green incumbents win re-election and another gained a new seat on the school board.

The number of votes Green presidential candidate Jill Stein won in Maine this election was just over 1 percent.

In 2000, Nader won 6 percent of the Maine vote.  Green Party member David Marshall said this year’s results are a good sign. “Our influence is growing in the state of Maine.” Maine was the first U.S. state to establish a Green Party back in 1984 and has the highest percentage of registered Greens in the nation.

“Maine Green Party Celebrates Election Milestones” (Reported by Patty B. Wight), November 7, 2012, http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineNewsArchive/tabid/181/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3475/ItemId/24591/Default.aspx

More Center for American Women and Politics post-election data 
2012 Exit Poll Data: Presidential Vote in Battleground States http://cawp.rutgers.edu/press_room/news/documents/PressRelease_11-07-12-gendergap.pdf

Overall Results
Gender Gap
Women’s Vote
Women for Romney
Men for Romney
Women for Obama
Men for Obama
Obama 52%
Romney 46%
15 pts.
+19% Obama
Obama 52%
Romney 46%
11 pts
+16% Obama
Obama 52%
Romney 46%
10 pts.
+14% Obama
Obama 50%
Romney 48%
10 pt.
+11% Obama
Obama 53%
Romney 46%
10 pts.
+15% Obama
Obama 50%
Romney 49%
7 pts., 6 pts.               
+7% Obama
Obama 51%
Romney 48%
7 pts.
+9% Obama
Obama 48%
Romney 51%
5 pts.
+29% Obama
Obama 51%
Romney 47%
0 pts.
+1% Obama


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