“A record number of women will serve in the U.S. Congress in January 2019, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.
In the 116th Congress, at least 125 (106D, 19R) women will serve overall, increasing the percentage of women in Congress from 20% to 23% at minimum. There are three additional House races featuring a woman candidate that remain too close to call (GA-7, NY-22, UT-4).
- At least 102 (89D, 13R) women will serve in the U.S. House (previous record: 85 set in 2016), including a minimum of 43 (42D, 1R) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. House, up from 19.3% in 2018.
- At least 23 (17D, 6R) women will serve in the U.S. Senate (previous record: 23), including 4 (4D) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. Senate, matching women’s current level of Senate representation.
Nine (6D, 3R) women will serve as governors in 2019, including 1 (1D) woman of color.
The freshman class of women in the House of Representatives in 2019 will be the largest ever with a minimum of 36 non-incumbent women elected. 36 (35D, 1R) non-incumbent women have already won and 1 (1D) more is in an undecided contest. The previous high was 24, set in 1992.
“We’ve seen important breakthroughs, particularly in the U.S. House,” said CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, “but deepening disparities between the parties in women’s representation will continue to hobble us on the path to parity. We need women elected on both sides of the aisle.” – CAWP Center for American Women and Politics