Women in the U.S. House of Representatives 2021

119
women hold seats in the House of Representatives, comprising 27.4% of the 435 members in 2021. The women represent 36 states; 88 are Democrats and 31 are Republicans. 
88 D
31 R

In addition to the 119 women currently serving, four (2D, 2R) women delegates also represent American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The congresswomen include 46 women of color: 23 African American women, 7 Asian Pacific Islanders, and 12 Latinas, 1 Native American woman, 1 Middle Eastern/North African woman, and 2 multi-racial women. 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), the first woman Speaker of the House, holds the highest position in the House and is second in line of presidential succession. For more information on women in leadership roles in Congress, click here

Of the 119 women in the House:

105
women first entered by winning regular general elections.
70
women lawmakers held previous elective offices prior to entering Congress.
19
won special elections; Adams (NC), Bonamici (OR), Chu (CA), Clark (MA), Hanabusa (HI), Handel (GA), Jones (MI), Kelly (IL), Lee (CA), Lesko (AZ), Letlow (LA), Matsui (CA), Pelosi (CA), Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Scanlon(PA); Speier (CA), Stansbury (NM), Tsongas (MA), and Wild (PA) succeeded others who died or resigned. The AS, DC, GU and VI Delegates won regular general elections.
24
held more than one previous elective post. The positions include: statewide elective (2); state senator (19); state representative (39); county elective (7); municipal elective (27); judge (1); school board member (7).

Women who serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2021

Congresswomen Route to Office Dates Served
Alma Adams
(D-NC)
Won simultaneous special election to fill vacancy and regular election. State representative; Greensboro city council; Greensboro school board; professor. 11/12/14 - present
Cindy Axne
(D-IA)
Small business owner, community activist, state agency strategist. 1/3/19 - present
Nanette Barragan
(D-CA)
Hermosa Beach City councilwoman; attorney; community advocate; Clinton White House aide. 1/3/17 - present
Karen Bass
(D-CA)
State assembly speaker; assemblywoman; Los Angeles school board member; community activist.  1/5/11 - present
Joyce Beatty
(D-OH)
State representative and House Democratic leader; small business owner; management consultant. 1/3/13 - present
Stephanie Bice 
(R-OK)
State Senator, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, businesswoman. 1/3/21 - present
Lisa Blunt Rochester
(D-DE)
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
Lauren Boebert
(R-CO)
Small business owner; gun activist; councilor to at risk women in local jail. 1/3/21 - present
Suzanne Bonamici
(D-OR)
State senator, state representative, legislative assistant, attorney. Won a special election to fill a vacancy. 2/7/12 - present
Carolyn Bourdeaux
(D-GA)
Director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office; public policy professor; Senate aide. 1/3/21 - present
Julia Brownley
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman; Santa Monica-Malibu school board member and president. 1/3/13 - present
Cori Bush
(D-MO)
Activist; registered nurse; pastor. 1/3/21 - present
Cheri Bustos
(D-IL)
East Moline alderman; health care system communications official; journalist. 1/3/13 - present
Kat Cammack 
(R-FL)
Deputy Chief of Staff in Congress; consultant; congressional aide. 1/3/21 - present
Kathy Castor
(D-FL)
Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners; assistant general counsel to the Florida Department of Community Affairs in Tallahassee. 1/4/07 - present
Liz Cheney
(R-WY)
Attorney, State Department official, Fox News contributor. Holds seat once held by her father. 1/3/17 - present
Judy Chu
(D-CA)
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
(D-MA)
State senator; state representative; attorney. Won a special election December 10, 2013 to fill a vacancy. 12/12/13 - present
Yvette Clarke
(D-NY)
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
Angela Craig
(D-MN)
Journalist; medical device executive. 1/3/19 - present
Sharice Davids
(D-KS)
Member of the Ho-Chunk nation; professional mixed martial arts fighter; attorney; small business owner; director of community and economic development for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 1/3/19 - present
Madeleine Dean
(D-PA)
State representative; attorney; executive director of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers; assistant professor of English. 1/3/19 - present
Rosa DeLauro
(D-CT)
Congressional aide; executive director of EMILY's List; community organizer. 1/3/91 - present
Diana DeGette
(D-CO)
State representative; state house assistant leader; civil rights and employment lawyer. 1/7/97 - present
Suzan DelBene
(D-WA)
Technology entrepreneur; businesswoman; director, state Department of Revenue. 1/3/13 - present
Val Demings
(D-FL)
Orlando police chief; police officer; social worker. 1/3/17 - present
Debbie Dingell
(D-MI)
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
Veronica Escobar
(D-TX)
County Commissioner; El Paso County Judge; non-profit executive. 1/3/19-present
Anna Eshoo
(D-CA)
San Mateo County supervisor and board president. Elected to U.S. House in 1992. 1/5/93 - present
Michelle Fischbach
(R-MN)
Lt. Governor of Minnesota; President of Minnesota Senate state senator; attorney. 1/3/21 - present
Virginia Foxx
(R-NC)
State senator; county board of education; college instructor and administrator. 1/4/05 - present
Lois Frankel
(D-FL)
West Palm Beach mayor; state representative; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Sylvia Garcia 
(D-TX)
Houston, County Commissioner; Houston City Controller; director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal system;social worker; legal aid lawyer. 1/3/19 - present
Kay Granger
(R-TX)
Mayor of Fort Worth; board of trustees of the US Conference of Mayors; educator; small business owner. 1/7/97 - present
Marjorie Greene
(R-GA)
National Director of Family America Project; small business owner. 1/3/21 - present
Diana Harshbarger
(R-TN)
Small business owner; phamacist. 1/3/21 - present
Vicky J. Hartzler
(R-MO)
Cass County Republican Central Committee; teacher; businesswoman. 1/5/11 - present
Jahana Hayes
(D-CT)
School teacher; chair of the Kennedy SOAR Review Board; winner of the John F. Kennedy Teacher of the Year award. 1/3/19 - present
Yvette Herrell
(R-NM)
State representative; small business owner. 1/3/21 - present
Jaime Herrera Beutler
(R-WA)
State representative; assistant minority floor leader; legislative assistant to congresswoman McMorris Rodgers. 1/5/11 - present
Ashley Hinson
(R-IA)
State representative; TV news reporter. 1/3/21 - present
Chrissy Houlahan 
(D-PA)
Engineer; former U.S. Air Force office; non-profit CEO. 1/3/19 - present
Sara Jacobs
(D-CA)
Founder and Chair of San Diego for Every Child; U.S. State Department; UNICEF; Scholar in Residence at University of San Diego; United Nations Policy position; Policy Advisor to Secretary Clinton; CEO of Project Connect. 1/3/21 - present
Pramila Jayapal
(D-WA)
State senator, human rights activist. 1/3/17 - present
Eddie Bernice Johnson
(D-TX)
State senator; state representative; administrator in Department of Health, Education and Welfare; nurse; consultant. 1/5/93 - present
Marcy Kaptur
(D-OH)
Urban planner; White House domestic policy aide. 1/3/83 - present
Robin Kelly
(D-IL)
State representative; chief administrative officer, Cook County; community affairs director, Village of Matteson. 4/11/13 - present
Young Kim 
(R-CA)
State representative; congressional aide; financial analyst. 1/3/21 - present
Ann L. Kirkpatrick
(D-AZ)
U.S representative 2009-2011 and 2013-2017; Arizona state representative; Sedona city attorney, educator. 1/3/19 - present
Ann McLane Kuster
(D-NH)
Attorney; consultant; lobbyist. 1/3/13 - present
Brenda Lawrence
(D-MI)
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
(D-CA)
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
Susie Lee
(D-NV)
Education advocate; founding director of After-School All-Stars. 1/3/19 - present
Sheila Jackson Lee
(D-TX)
Council member; municipal court associate judge; attorney; congressional committee counsel. 1/4/95 - present
Teresa Leger 
(D-NM)
White House Fellow during Clinton administration; Vice Chair Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in Obama Administration; attorney; Commissioner ABA Commission on Women; Co-Chair East Palo Alto Law Project. 1/3/21 - present
Debbie Lesko
(R-AZ)
State senator; state representative; won special election to fill a vacancy. 5/7/18 - present
Julia Letlow
(R-LA)
University Administrator at Tulane University School of Medicine and University of Louisiana at Monroe. Won a special election to fill the vacancy left by the death of her husband who never officially took office. 4/14/21-present
Zoe Lofgren
(D-CA)
Santa Clara County Supervisor; attorney; law teacher; executive director of low-income housing development group; congressional aide. 1/4/95 - present
Elaine Luria
(D-VA)
United States Navy officer; engineer. 1/3/19 - present
Nancy Mace
(R-SC)
State representative; author; bussinesswoman; consultant. 1/3/21 - present
Nicole Malliotakis
(R-NY)
State representative; Minority Whip; state senate aide. 1/3/21 - present
Carolyn Maloney
(D-NY)
New York city council member; educator; administrator. 1/5/93 - present
Kathy Manning
(D-NC)
Small business owner; community and nonprofit leader; attorney. 1/3/21 - present
Doris Matsui
(D-CA)
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
Lucy McBath
(D-GA)
Gun control advocate; national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; flight attendant. 1/3/19 - present
Lisa McClain 
(R-MI)
Chartered financial consultant; businesswoman. 1/3/21 - present
Betty McCollum
(D-MN)
State representative; North St. Paul City Councilwoman; educator; businesswoman. 1/3/01 - present
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
(R-WA)
State representative and House Republican leader. 1/4/05 - present
Grace Meng
(D-NY)
State assemblywoman; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Carol Miller
(R-WV)
State delegate; real estate manager. 1/3/19 - present
Mary Miller
(R-IL)
 
Teacher;business manager; farmer. 1/3/21 - present
Marianette Miller-Meeks
(R-IA)
State senator, physician, United States Army veteran. Seated provisionally in the U.S. House while election results are under House review. 1/3/21 - present
Gwen Moore
(D-WI)
State senator; assemblywoman; city and state government administrator. 1/4/05 - present
Stephanie Murphy
(D-FL)
Businesswoman, college instructor. 1/3/17 - present
Grace Napolitano
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman; mayor, Norwalk; city council member; businesswoman. 1/6/99 - present
Marie Newman
(D-IL)
Marketing consultant; small business owner; founder of NGO “Team up to Stop Bullying”; author. 1/3/21 - present
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-NY)
Educator at the National Hispanic Institute; founder of a children’s book publisher. 1/3/19 - present
Ilhan Omar
(D-MN)
State representative; nutrition educator; campaign manager. 1/3/19 - present
Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher
(D-TX)
Attorney; co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders. 1/3/19 - present
Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA)
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
(D-ME)
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
Katherine Porter
(D-CA)
Attorney; law school professor. 1/3/19 - present
Ayanna Pressley
(D-MA)
Boston City Councilwoman; congressional staffer. 1/3/19 - present
Kathleen Rice
(D-NY)
Elected district attorney of Nassau County; attorney. 1/6/15 - present
Debrah K. Ross
(D-NC)
State representative; ACLU state director; attorney. 1/3/21 - present
Lucille Roybal-Allard
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman. 1/5/93 - present
Maria E. Salazar
(R-FL)
Jounalist, TV news anchor. 1/3/21 - present
Linda Sanchez
(D-CA)
Executive secretary-treasurer for Orange County Central Labor Council, labor compliance officer, attorney. 1/7/03 - present
Mary Gay Scanlon
(D-PA)
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
(D-IL)
State representative; director, Illinois Public Action; educator. 1/6/99 - present
Kim Schrier 
(D-WA)
Pediatrician; community activist. 1/3/19 - present
Terri Sewell
(D-AL)
Staffer for Senator Heflin and Congressman Shelby; attorney. 1/5/11 - present
Mikie Sherrill
(D-NJ)
Federal prosecutor; U.S. Navy helicopter pilot. 1/3/19 - present
Elissa Slotkin
(D-MI)
CIA analyst; small business owner. 1/3/19 - present
Abigail Spanberger 
(D-VA)
CIA operations officer; federal law enforcement agent. 1/3/19 - present
Victoria Spartz
(R-IN)
State senator; finance executive; CFO at Indiana Attorney General’s office; small business owner. 1/3/21 - present
Jackie Speier
(D-CA)
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
Melanie Stansbury
(D-NM)
State representative; senate aide; Obama administration official. Won a special election to fill a vacancy.  6/14/21-present
Michelle Steel 
(R-CA)
Chairwoman of Orange County Board of Supervisors; California State Board of Equalization; MBA. 1/3/21 - present
Elise Stefanik
(R-NY)
Small businesswoman; policy and communications strategist. 1/6/15 - present
Haley Stevens
(D-MI)
Chief of staff on the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry; campaign volunteer organizer. 1/3/19 - present
Marilyn Strickland
(D-WA)
President of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; mayor of Tacoma; Tacoma City councilwoman; businesswoman; MBA. 1/3/21 - present
Claudia Tenney
(R-NY)
U.S. Representative 2017-19; state representative; attorney and businesswoman. 2/11/21 - present
Dina Titus
(D-NV)
U.S. representative 2009-11; state senator and senate minority leader; professor of political science. 1/3/13 - present
Rashida Tlaib 
(D-MI)
State Representative; attorney; state legislative staff member. 1/3/19-present
Norma Torres
(D-CA)
State senator; assemblywoman; mayor and councilwoman in Pomona; union representative; 9-1-1 dispatcher. 1/6/15 - present
Lori Trahan 
(D-MA)
Congressional staffer; businesswoman. 1/3/19 - present
Lauren Underwood
(D-IL)
Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; registered nurse. 1/3/19 - present
Beth Van Duyne
(R-TX)
U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development Official; mayor of Irving; Irving city councilwoman. 1/3/21 - present
Nydia Velazquez
(D-NY)
New York city council member; director of the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs; educator. 1/5/93 - present
Ann Wagner
(R-MO)
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
(R-IN)
State representative; missionary; higher education administrator; journalist. 1/3/13 - present
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(D-FL)
State senator; state representative. 1/4/05 - present
Maxine Waters
(D-CA)
State assemblywoman; educator. 1/3/91 - present
Bonnie Watson Coleman
(D-NJ)
State assembly (majority leader); state Democratic party chair; director of Office of Civil Rights in State Department of Transportation. 1/6/15 - present
Jennifer Wexton
(D-VA)
State senator; attorney. 1/3/19 - present
Susan Wild
(D-PA)
Attorney; solicitor of Allentown, PA; won a special election to fill a vacancy. 11/27/18 - present
Nikema Williams
(D-GA)
State senator; Chair of Democratic Party of Georgia; VP for Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Southeast. 1/3/21 - present
Frederica Wilson
(D-FL)
State senator; state representative; school board member. 1/5/11 - present
Delegates    
Jenniffer Gonzalez
(R-PR)
State representative; state GOP chairman; trained as an attorney. 1/3/17 - present
Eleanor Holmes Norton
(D-DC)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chair; New York City Commission on Human Rights chair; law professor. 1/3/91 - present
Stacey Plaskett
(D-VI)
Virgin Islands economic development group; counsel to House of Representatives ethics committee; attorney. 1/6/15 - present
Amata Radewagen
(R-AS)
Community activist; Republican National Committeewoman; appointee to White House Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 1/6/15 - present

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