Women in the U.S. House of Representatives 2018

women hold seats in the House of Representatives, comprising 20.0% of the 435 members in 2018. The women represent 34 states; 64 are Democrats and 23 are Republicans. 
64 D
23 R

In addition to the 85 women currently serving, five (3D, 2R) women delegates also represent American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The congresswomen include 34 women of color: 18 African American women, 7 Asian Pacific Islanders, and 9 Latinas. The delegates include an Asian/Pacific Islander, a Latina, a Caribbean American and an African American. For more information on the number of women of color serving in the House click here. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was the first woman Speaker of the House, is now House Minority Leader. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chair of the Republican Conference, is the highest-ranking woman in Republican House leadership. For more information on women in leadership roles in Congress, click here

Of the 87 women in the House:

women first entered by winning regular general elections.
women lawmakers held previous elective offices prior to entering Congress.
won special elections; Adams (NC), Bonamici (OR), Chu (CA), Clark (MA), Fudge (OH), Hanabusa (HI), Handel (GA), Jones (MI), Kelly (IL), Lee (CA), Lesko (AZ), Matsui (CA), Pelosi (CA), Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Scanlon(PA); Speier (CA), Tsongas (MA), and Wild (PA) succeeded others who died or resigned. The AS, DC, GU and VI Delegates won regular general elections.
held more than one previous elective post. The positions include: statewide elective (2); state senator (20); state representative (44); county elective (8); municipal elective (19); judge (2); school board member (5).

Women who serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018

Congresswomen Route to Office Dates Served
Alma Adams
Won simultaneous special election to fill vacancy and regular election. State representative; Greensboro city council; Greensboro school board; professor. 11/12/14 - present
Nanette Barragan (D-CA) Hermosa Beach City councilwoman; attorney; community advocate; Clinton White House aide. 1/3/17 - present
Karen Bass
State assembly speaker; assemblywoman; Los Angeles school board member; community activist.  1/5/11 - present
Joyce Beatty
State representative and House Democratic leader; small business owner; management consultant. 1/3/13 - present
Diane Black
State senator; state representative. 1/5/11 - present
Marsha Blackburn
State senator, state representative, executive director of Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, businesswoman. 1/7/03 - present
Lisa Blunt Rochester
Congressional case worker; Delaware secretary of labor, deputy secretary of health and social services, state personnel director. CEO of Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. 1/3/17 - present
Suzanne Bonamici
State senator, state representative, legislative assistant, attorney. Won a special election to fill a vacancy. 2/7/12 - present
Susan Brooks
Attorney; Indianapolis deputy mayor; community college administrator and workforce development leader; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Julia Brownley
State assemblywoman; Santa Monica-Malibu school board member and president. 1/3/13 - present
Cheri Bustos
East Moline alderman; health care system communications official; journalist. 1/3/13 - present
Kathy Castor
Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners; assistant general counsel to the Florida Department of Community Affairs in Tallahassee. 1/4/07 - present
Liz Cheney
Attorney, State Department official, Fox News contributor. Holds seat once held by her father. 1/3/17 - present
Judy Chu
California state board of equalization member; state assembly; Monterey Park mayor and councilwoman; board of education member; educator. Won a special election July 14, 2009 to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Congresswoman Hilda Solis to become Secretary of Labor. 7/16/09 - present
Katherine Clark
State senator; state representative; attorney. Won a special election December 10, 2013 to fill a vacancy. 12/12/13 - present
Yvette Clarke
Councilwoman; director of business development for Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation; director of Bronx portion of the New York City Empowerment Zone. 1/4/07 - present
Barbara Comstock
State delegate; congressional aide; chief counsel on House committee; attorney. Elected to U.S. House in 2014. 1/6/15 - present
Susan Davis
State assemblywoman; president, San Diego city school board. 1/3/01 - present
Rosa DeLauro
Congressional aide; executive director of EMILY's List; community organizer. 1/3/91 - present
Diana DeGette
State representative; state house assistant leader; civil rights and employment lawyer. 1/7/97 - present
Suzan DelBene
Technology entrepreneur; businesswoman; director, state Department of Revenue. 1/3/13 - present
Val Demings
Orlando police chief; police officer; social worker. 1/3/17 - present
Debbie Dingell
President of D2 Strategies; chair of Wayne State University Board of Governors; president of the GM Foundation; senior executive for public affairs. 1/6/15 - present
Anna Eshoo
San Mateo County supervisor and board president. Elected to U.S. House in 1992. 1/5/93 - present
Elizabeth Esty
State representative; Cheshire town councilwoman; attorney; educator. 1/3/13 - present
Virginia Foxx
State senator; county board of education; college instructor and administrator. 1/4/05 - present
Lois Frankel
West Palm Beach mayor; state representative; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Marcia Fudge
Mayor of Warrensville Heights; Congressional chief of staff; attorney; won special election to fill a vacancy. 11/19/08 - present
Tulsi Gabbard
State representative; Honolulu city council member; National Guard member; environmental activist; aide to Senator Daniel Akaka. 1/3/13 - present
Kay Granger
Mayor of Fort Worth; board of trustees of the US Conference of Mayors; educator; small business owner. 1/7/97 - present
Michele Lujan Grisham
Bernalillo county commissioner; head, New Mexico Department of Health; secretary, New Mexico Department of Aging and Long Term Services; attorney; consultant. 1/3/13 - present
Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) State senator; state representative; won special election to fill a vacancy. 5/7/18-present 
Colleen Hanabusa
Originally elected in 2010, left House to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, lost primary. Labor attorney, former Hawaii State Senate president.  11/14/16- present,
Karen Handel (R-GA) Chairman, Fulton County Board of Commissioners; Georgia Secretary of State; executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure; won special election to fill a vacancy caused by appointment of incumbent to Trump cabinet. 6/26/17-present
Vicky J. Hartzler
Cass County Republican Central Committee; teacher; businesswoman. 1/5/11 - present
Jaime Herrera Beutler
State representative; assistant minority floor leader; legislative assistant to congresswoman McMorris Rodgers. 1/5/11 - present
Pramila Jayapal
State senator, human rights activist. 1/3/17 - present
Lynn M. Jenkins
State treasurer; state senator; state representative; accountant; businesswoman. 1/6/09 - present
Eddie Bernice Johnson
State senator; state representative; administrator in Department of Health, Education and Welfare; nurse; consultant. 1/5/93 - present
Brenda Jones 
President of the Detroit City Council; won special election to fill a vacancy. 11/29-18 - present
Marcy Kaptur
Urban planner; White House domestic policy aide. 1/3/83 - present
Robin Kelly
State representative; chief administrative officer, Cook County; community affairs director, Village of Matteson. 4/11/13 - present
Ann McLane Kuster
Attorney; consultant; lobbyist. 1/3/13 - present
Brenda Lawrence
Mayor and councilwoman in Southfield; president of National Association of Democratic Mayors; lieutenant governor nominee in 2010; board of education member and president; U.S. postal carrier. 1/6/15 - present
Barbara Lee
State senator; state assemblywoman; senior advisor and administrative assistant to member of Congress. Won a special election in 1998 to fill a vacancy caused by a resignation. 4/21/98 - present
Sheila Jackson Lee
Council member; municipal court associate judge; attorney; congressional committee counsel. 1/4/95 - present
Zoe Lofgren
Santa Clara County Supervisor; attorney; law teacher; executive director of low-income housing development group; congressional aide. 1/4/95 - present
Mia Love
Mayor and councilwoman in Saratoga Springs; councilwoman; flight attendant. 1/6/15 - present
Nita Lowey
Assistant New York secretary of state. 1/3/89 - present
Carolyn Maloney
New York city council member; educator; administrator. 1/5/93 - present
Doris Matsui
Public policy advocate; deputy assistant to the President and deputy director of public liaison in the Clinton administration. Won special election in 2005 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband. 3/10/05 - present
Betty McCollum
State representative; North St. Paul City Councilwoman; educator; businesswoman. 1/3/01 - present
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
State representative and House Republican leader. 1/4/05 - present
Martha McSally
Retired United States Air Force colonel; Tucson women's commission; national security advisor for Senator Jon Kyl. 1/6/15 - present
Grace Meng
State assemblywoman; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Gwen Moore
State senator; assemblywoman; city and state government administrator. 1/4/05 - present
Stephanie Murphy
Businesswoman, college instructor. 1/3/17 - present
Grace Napolitano
State assemblywoman; mayor, Norwalk; city council member; businesswoman. 1/6/99 - present
Kristi Noem
State representative; assistant majority leader; farmer/rancher; businesswoman. 1/5/11 - present
Nancy Pelosi
Chair of California Democratic party; Democratic National Committee member; party activist; public relations executive. Won special election in 1987 to fill a vacancy caused by death of Congresswoman Sala Burton. 6/9/87 - present
Chellie M. Pingree
State senator; Senate majority leader; North Haven planning board member; North Haven tax assessor; school board chair; president, Common Cause; businesswoman. 1/6/09 - present
Kathleen Rice
Elected district attorney of Nassau County; attorney. 1/6/15 - present
Martha Roby
Councilwoman; attorney. 1/5/11 - present
Jacky Rosen
Computer programmer, consultant 1/3/17 - present
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
State senator; state representative; educator; businesswoman. Won special election in 1989 to fill a vacancy. 9/6/89 - present
Lucille Roybal-Allard
State assemblywoman. 1/5/93 - present
Linda Sanchez
Executive secretary-treasurer for Orange County Central Labor Council, labor compliance officer, attorney. 1/7/03 - present
Mary Gay Scanlon
Co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association, attorney for the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania and the Support Center for Child Advocates, won special election to fill a vacancy caused by resignation. 11/13/18 - present
Jan Schakowsky
State representative; director, Illinois Public Action; educator. 1/6/99 - present
Terri Sewell
Staffer for Senator Heflin and Congressman Shelby; attorney. 1/5/11 - present
Carol Shea-Porter
Served in House 2007-11, 2013-15, defeated in bids for re-election. Community college instructor; campaign official. 1/3/17 - present,
1/3/2013 - 1/6/2015,
1/4/2007 - 1/5/2011
Kyrsten Sinema
State senator; state representative; attorney; professor of social work. 1/3/13 - present
Jackie Speier
State senator; state assemblywoman; San Mateo county supervisor; legal counsel to congressmember; attorney. Won special election in 2008 to fill a vacancy caused by death. 4/10/08 - present
Elise Stefanik
Small businesswoman; policy and communications strategist. 1/6/15 - present
Claudia Tenney
New York assemblywoman; attorney; businesswoman. 1/3/17 - present
Dina Titus
U.S. representative 2009-11; state senator and senate minority leader; professor of political science. 1/3/13 - present
Norma Torres
State senator; assemblywoman; mayor and councilwoman in Pomona; union representative; 9-1-1 dispatcher. 1/6/15 - present
Niki Tsongas
College dean of external affairs; attorney; social worker. Won special election to fill a vacancy. 10/17/07 - present
Nydia Velazquez
New York city council member; director of the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs; educator. 1/5/93 - present
Ann Wagner
U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg; Senate campaign chair, Roy Blunt; co-chair, Republican National Committee; Missouri Republican Party chair. 1/3/13 - present
Jackie Walorski
State representative; missionary; higher education administrator; journalist. 1/3/13 - present
Mimi Walters
State senator; assemblywoman; Laguna mayor and councilwoman; investment banker. 1/6/15 - present
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
State senator; state representative. 1/4/05 - present
Maxine Waters
State assemblywoman; educator. 1/3/91 - present
Bonnie Watson Coleman
State assembly (majority leader); state Democratic party chair; director of Office of Civil Rights in State Department of Transportation. 1/6/15 - present
Susan Wild
Attorney; solicitor of Allentown, PA; wond special election to fill a vacancy. 11/27/18 - present
Frederica Wilson
State senator; state representative; school board member. 1/5/11 - present
Madeleine Bordallo
Lieutenant governor; Guam senator; Guam's First Lady; community organizer. 1/7/03 - present
Jenniffer Gonzalez
State representative; state GOP chairman; trained as an attorney. 1/3/17 - present
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chair; New York City Commission on Human Rights chair; law professor. 1/3/91 - present
Stacey Plaskett
Virgin Islands economic development group; counsel to House of Representatives ethics committee; attorney. 1/6/15 - present
Amata Radewagen
Community activist; Republican National Committeewoman; appointee to White House Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 1/6/15 - present

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