Women in the U.S. House of Representatives 2021

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:

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), 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.
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
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
Small business owner, community activist, state agency strategist. 1/3/19 - present
Nanette Barragán
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
Stephanie Bice 
State Senator, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, businesswoman. 1/3/21 - 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
Lauren Boebert
Small business owner; gun activist; councilor to at risk women in local jail. 1/3/21 - present
Suzanne Bonamici
State senator, state representative, legislative assistant, attorney. Won a special election to fill a vacancy. 2/7/12 - present
Carolyn Bourdeaux
Director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office; public policy professor; Senate aide. 1/3/21 - present
Julia Brownley
State assemblywoman; Santa Monica-Malibu school board member and president. 1/3/13 - present
Cori Bush
Activist; registered nurse; pastor. 1/3/21 - present
Cheri Bustos
East Moline alderman; health care system communications official; journalist. 1/3/13 - present
Kat Cammack 
Deputy Chief of Staff in Congress; consultant; congressional aide. 1/3/21 - 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
Angela Craig
Journalist; medical device executive. 1/3/19 - present
Sharice Davids
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
State representative; attorney; executive director of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers; assistant professor of English. 1/3/19 - 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
Veronica Escobar
County Commissioner; El Paso County Judge; non-profit executive. 1/3/19-present
Anna Eshoo
San Mateo County supervisor and board president. Elected to U.S. House in 1992. 1/5/93 - present
Michelle Fischbach
Lt. Governor of Minnesota; President of Minnesota Senate state senator; attorney. 1/3/21 - 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
Sylvia Garcia 
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
Mayor of Fort Worth; board of trustees of the US Conference of Mayors; educator; small business owner. 1/7/97 - present
Marjorie Greene
National Director of Family America Project; small business owner. 1/3/21 - present
Diana Harshbarger
Small business owner; phamacist. 1/3/21 - present
Vicky J. Hartzler
Cass County Republican Central Committee; teacher; businesswoman. 1/5/11 - present
Jahana Hayes
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
State representative; small business owner. 1/3/21 - present
Jaime Herrera Beutler
State representative; assistant minority floor leader; legislative assistant to congresswoman McMorris Rodgers. 1/5/11 - present
Ashley Hinson
State representative; TV news reporter. 1/3/21 - present
Chrissy Houlahan 
Engineer; former U.S. Air Force office; non-profit CEO. 1/3/19 - present
Sara Jacobs
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
State senator, human rights activist. 1/3/17 - present
Eddie Bernice Johnson
State senator; state representative; administrator in Department of Health, Education and Welfare; nurse; consultant. 1/5/93 - 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
Young Kim 
State representative; congressional aide; financial analyst. 1/3/21 - present
Ann L. Kirkpatrick
U.S representative 2009-2011 and 2013-2017; Arizona state representative; Sedona city attorney, educator. 1/3/19 - 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
Susie Lee
Education advocate; founding director of After-School All-Stars. 1/3/19 - present
Sheila Jackson Lee
Council member; municipal court associate judge; attorney; congressional committee counsel. 1/4/95 - present
Teresa Leger Fernández 
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
State senator; state representative; won special election to fill a vacancy. 5/7/18 - present
Julia Letlow
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
Santa Clara County Supervisor; attorney; law teacher; executive director of low-income housing development group; congressional aide. 1/4/95 - present
Elaine Luria
United States Navy officer; engineer. 1/3/19 - present
Nancy Mace
State representative; author; bussinesswoman; consultant. 1/3/21 - present
Nicole Malliotakis
State representative; Minority Whip; state senate aide. 1/3/21 - present
Carolyn Maloney
New York city council member; educator; administrator. 1/5/93 - present
Kathy Manning
Small business owner; community and nonprofit leader; attorney. 1/3/21 - 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
Lucy McBath
Gun control advocate; national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; flight attendant. 1/3/19 - present
Lisa McClain 
Chartered financial consultant; businesswoman. 1/3/21 - 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
Grace Meng
State assemblywoman; attorney. 1/3/13 - present
Carol Miller
State delegate; real estate manager. 1/3/19 - present
Mary Miller
Teacher;business manager; farmer. 1/3/21 - present
Marianette Miller-Meeks
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
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
Marie Newman
Marketing consultant; small business owner; founder of NGO “Team up to Stop Bullying”; author. 1/3/21 - present
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Educator at the National Hispanic Institute; founder of a children’s book publisher. 1/3/19 - present
Ilhan Omar
State representative; nutrition educator; campaign manager. 1/3/19 - present
Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher
Attorney; co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders. 1/3/19 - 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
Katherine Porter
Attorney; law school professor. 1/3/19 - present
Ayanna Pressley
Boston City Councilwoman; congressional staffer. 1/3/19 - present
Kathleen Rice
Elected district attorney of Nassau County; attorney. 1/6/15 - present
Debrah K. Ross
State representative; ACLU state director; attorney. 1/3/21 - present
Lucille Roybal-Allard
State assemblywoman. 1/5/93 - present
María E. Salazar
Jounalist, TV news anchor. 1/3/21 - present
Linda Sánchez
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
Kim Schrier 
Pediatrician; community activist. 1/3/19 - present
Terri Sewell
Staffer for Senator Heflin and Congressman Shelby; attorney. 1/5/11 - present
Mikie Sherrill
Federal prosecutor; U.S. Navy helicopter pilot. 1/3/19 - present
Elissa Slotkin
CIA analyst; small business owner. 1/3/19 - present
Abigail Spanberger 
CIA operations officer; federal law enforcement agent. 1/3/19 - present
Victoria Spartz
State senator; finance executive; CFO at Indiana Attorney General’s office; small business owner. 1/3/21 - 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
Melanie Stansbury
State representative; senate aide; Obama administration official. Won a special election to fill a vacancy.  6/14/21-present
Michelle Steel 
Chairwoman of Orange County Board of Supervisors; California State Board of Equalization; MBA. 1/3/21 - present
Elise Stefanik
Small businesswoman; policy and communications strategist. 1/6/15 - present
Haley Stevens
Chief of staff on the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry; campaign volunteer organizer. 1/3/19 - present
Marilyn Strickland
President of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; mayor of Tacoma; Tacoma City councilwoman; businesswoman; MBA. 1/3/21 - present
Claudia Tenney
U.S. Representative 2017-19; state representative; attorney and businesswoman. 2/11/21 - present
Dina Titus
U.S. representative 2009-11; state senator and senate minority leader; professor of political science. 1/3/13 - present
Rashida Tlaib 
State Representative; attorney; state legislative staff member. 1/3/19-present
Norma Torres
State senator; assemblywoman; mayor and councilwoman in Pomona; union representative; 9-1-1 dispatcher. 1/6/15 - present
Lori Trahan 
Congressional staffer; businesswoman. 1/3/19 - present
Lauren Underwood
Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; registered nurse. 1/3/19 - present
Beth Van Duyne
U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development Official; mayor of Irving; Irving city councilwoman. 1/3/21 - present
Nydia Velázquez
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
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
Jennifer Wexton
State senator; attorney. 1/3/19 - present
Susan Wild
Attorney; solicitor of Allentown, PA; won a special election to fill a vacancy. 11/27/18 - present
Nikema Williams
State senator; Chair of Democratic Party of Georgia; VP for Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Southeast. 1/3/21 - present
Frederica Wilson
State senator; state representative; school board member. 1/5/11 - 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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