Bloomberg by the Numbers: 79



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That’s how many women serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the current 113th Congress, Democrats hold 60 of the 79 seats held by women, or 76 percent. In the 109th Congress (2005-06), the 68 women in the House included 43 Democrats and 25 Republicans, a ratio of 63 to 37 percent.

(Click here for a fact sheet about women in Congress from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.)

Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts became the record 60th Democratic woman in the House after winning a special election last month.

Florida Democrat Alex Sink would become the House’s 80th woman, and its 61st Democratic woman, if she defeats Republican David Jolly in a special election on March 11. EMILY’s List, a group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, is aiding Sink, who was the losing Democratic nominee for governor in 2010.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House, will deliver her party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow.

A report commissioned by the Republican National Committee after 2012 election losses included McMorris Rodgers among Republican women who are “outstanding national surrogates” for the party, which lost the female vote by 11 percentage points in the 2012 presidential election.

“The RNC should develop a surrogate list of women based upon areas of policy and political expertise,” the report said. “The media affairs team at the RNC should be focused on booking more women on TV on behalf of the party and be given metrics to ensure that we aren’t just using the same old talking heads.”
Of the 20 women in the Senate, 16 are Democrats and four are Republicans.


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