Women in Congress

Women in the US House of Representatives

Jeannette Rankin Testifying for House Naval Affairs Committee, 1938

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More than 200 women have served in the United States House of Representatives. From 1789 to 1916, the House was all — male. Following is an index of the women who've been Representatives - sometimes called Congresswomen or Congressmen — beginning with the first in 1917. They are listed by the year they first took office.

Jeannette Rankin

Republican - Montana
Served: 1917 - 1919, 1941 - 1943

Alice Mary Robertson

Republican - Oklahoma
Served: 1921 - 1923

Winnifred S. Huck

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1922 - 1923

Mae Ella Nolan

Republican - California
Served: 1923 - 1925

Florence P. Kahn

Republican - California
Served: 1925 - 1937

Mary T. Norton

Democrat - New Jersey
Served: 1925 - 1951

Edith Nourse Rogers

Republican - Massachusetts
Served: 1925 - 1960

Katherine Gudger Langley

Republican - Kentucky
Served: 1927 - 1931

Ruth Hanna McCormick

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1929 - 1931

Pearl Oldfield

Democrat - Arkansas
Served: 1929 - 1931

Ruth Bryan Owen

Democrat - Florida
Served: 1929 - 1933

Ruth Sears Pratt

Republican - New York
Served: 1929 - 1933

Effiegene Locke Wingo

Democrat - Arkansas
Served: 1930 - 1933

Willa McCord Blake Eslick

Democrat - Tennessee
Served: 1932 - 1933

Marian Williams Clarke

Republican - New York
Served: 1933 - 1935

Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy

Democrat - Kansas
Served: 1933 - 1935

Isabella S. Greenway

Democrat - Arizona
Served: 1933 - 1937

Virginia Ellis Jenckes

Democrat - Indiana
Served: 1933 - 1939

Caroline O'Day

Democrat - New York
Served: 1935 - 1943

Nan Wood Honeyman

Democrat - Oregon
Served: 1937 - 1939

Elizabeth H. Gasque

Democrat - South Carolina
Served: 1938 - 1939

Clara G. McMillan

Democrat - South Carolina
Served: 1939 - 1941

Jessie Sumner

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1939 - 1947

Florence Reville Gibbs

Democrat - Georgia
Served: 1940 - 1941

Margaret Chase Smith

Republican - Maine
Served: 1940 - 1949

Frances Payne Bolton

Republican - Ohio
Served: 1940 - 1969

Katharine Edgar Byron

Democrat - Maryland
Served: 1941 - 1943

Veronica Grace Boland

Democrat - Pennsylvania
Served: 1942 - 1943

Winifred Claire Stanley

Republican - New York
Served: 1943 - 1945

Clare Boothe Luce

Republican - Connecticut
Served: 1943 - 1947

Willa Lybrand Fulmer

Democrat - South Carolina
Served: 1944 - 1945

Emily Taft Douglas

Democrat - Illinois
Served: 1945 - 1947

Chase Going Woodhouse

Democrat - Connecticut
Served: 1945 - 1947, 1949 - 1951

Helen Gahagan Douglas

Democrat - California
Served: 1945 - 1951

Helen Douglas Mankin

Democrat - Georgia
Served: 1946 - 1947

Eliza Jane Pratt

Democrat - North Carolina
Served: 1946 - 1947

Georgia Lee Lusk

Democrat - New Mexico
Served: 1947 - 1949

Katharine St. George

Republican - New York
Served: 1947 - 1965

Reva Beck Bosone

Democrat - Utah
Served: 1949 - 1953

Cecil Murray Harden

Republican - Indiana
Served: 1949 - 1959

Edna Flannery Kelly

Democrat - New York
Served: 1949 - 1969

Vera Daerr Buchanan

Democrat - Pennsylvania
Served: 1951 - 1955

Ruth Thompson

Republican - Michigan
Served: 1951 - 1957

Marguerite Stitt Church

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1951 - 1963

Maude Elizabeth Kee

Democrat - West Virginia
Served: 1951 - 1965

Gracie Bowers Pfost

Democrat - Idaho
Served: 1953 - 1963

Leonor K. Sullivan

Democrat - Missouri
Served: 1953 - 1977

Mary E. (Betty) Farrington

Republican - Hawaii
Served: 1954 - 1957

Coya Knutson

Democrat - Minnesota
Served: 1955 - 1959

Iris Faircloth Blitch

Democrat - Georgia
Served: 1955 - 1963

Edith Starrett Green

Democrat - Oregon
Served: 1955 - 1974

Martha Wright Griffiths

Democrat - Michigan
Served: 1955 - 1974

Kathryn E. Granahan

Democrat - Pennsylvania
Served: 1956 - 1963

Florence P. Dwyer

Republican - New Jersey
Served: 1957 - 1973

Edna O. Simpson

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1959 - 1961

Jessica McCullough Weis

Republican - New York
Served: 1959 - 1963

Catherine Dean May

Republican - Washington
Served: 1959 - 1971

Julia Butler Hansen

Democrat - Washington
Served: 1960 - 1974

Catherine D. Norrell

Democrat - Arkansas
Served: 1961 - 1963

Louise G. Reece

Republican - Tennessee
Served: 1961 - 1963

Corinne Boyd Riley

Democrat - South Carolina
Served: 1962 - 1963

Charlotte T. Reid

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1963 - 1971

Irene Bailey Baker

Republican - Tennessee
Served: 1964 - 1965

Patsy T. Mink

Democrat - Hawaii
Served: 1965 - 1977, 1990 - 2002

Lera Millard Thomas

Democrat - Texas
Served: 1966 - 1967

Margaret M. Heckler

Republican - Massachusetts
Served: 1967 - 1983

Shirley Anita Chisholm

Democrat - New York
Served: 1969 - 1983

Louise Day Hicks

Democrat - Massachusetts
Served: 1971 - 1973

Ella Tambussi Grasso

Democrat - Connecticut
Served: 1971 - 1975

Bella Savitzky Abzug

Democrat - New York
Served: 1971 - 1977

Elizabeth Bullock Andrews

Democrat - Alabama
Served: 1972 - 1973

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke

Democrat - California
Served: 1973 - 1979

Barbara Jordan

Democrat - Texas
Served: 1973 - 1979

Elizabeth Holtzman

Democrat - New York
Served: 1973 - 1981

Marjorie Sewell Holt

Republican - Maryland
Served: 1973 - 1987

Corinne Claiborne (Lindy) Boggs

Democrat - Louisiana
Served: 1973 - 1991

Cardiss Collins

Democrat - Illinois
Served: 1973 - 1997

Patricia S. Schroeder

Democrat - Colorado
Served: 1973 - 1997

Martha Elizabeth Keys

Democrat - Kansas
Served: 1975 - 1979

Helen Stevenson Meyner

Democrat - New Jersey
Served: 1975 - 1979

Shirley N. Pettis

Republican - California
Served: 1975 - 1979

Gladys Noon Spellman

Democrat - Maryland
Served: 1975 - 1981

Millicent Fenwick

Republican - New Jersey
Served: 1975 - 1983

Virginia Dodd Smith

Republican - Nebraska
Served: 1975 - 1991

Marilyn Lloyd

Democrat - Tennessee
Served: 1975 - 1995

Barbara Ann Mikulski

Democrat - Maryland
Served: 1977 - 1987

Mary Rose Oakar

Democrat - Ohio
Served: 1977 - 1993

Geraldine Anne Ferraro

Democrat - New York
Served: 1979 - 1985

Beverly Butcher Byron

Democrat - Maryland
Served: 1979 - 1993

Olympia Jean Snowe

Republican - Maine
Served: 1979 - 1995

Bobbi Fiedler

Republican - California
Served: 1981 - 1987

Lynn Martin

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1981 - 1991

Claudine Schneider

Republican - Rhode Island
Served: 1981 - 1991

Margaret (Marge) Roukema

Republican - New Jersey
Served: 1981 - 2003

Jean Spencer Ashbrook

Republican - Ohio
Served: 1982 - 1983

Katie Beatrice Hall

Democrat - Indiana
Served: 1982 - 1985

Barbara B. Kennelly

Democrat - Connecticut
Served: 1982 - 1999

Sala Galante Burton

Democrat - California
Served: 1983 - 1987

Barbara Boxer

Democrat - California
Served: 1983 - 1993

Barbara F. Vucanovich

Republican - Nevada
Served: 1983 - 1997

Nancy L. Johnson

Republican - Connecticut
Served: 1983 - 2007

Marcia C. (Marcy) Kaptur

Democrat - Ohio
Served: 1983 - Present

Catherine S. Long

Democrat - Louisiana
Served: 1985 - 1987

Helen Delich Bentley

Republican - Maryland
Served: 1985 - 1995

Jan L. Meyers

Republican - Kansas
Served: 1985 - 1997

Patricia F. Saiki

Republican - Hawaii
Served: 1987 - 1991

Elizabeth J. Patterson

Democrat - South Carolina
Served: 1987 - 1993

Constance A. Morella

Republican - Maryland
Served: 1987 - 2003

Nancy Pelosi

Democrat - California
Served: 1987 - Present

Louise M. Slaughter

Democrat - New York
Served: 1987 - Present

Jill L. Long

Democrat - Indiana
Served: 1989 - 1995

Jolene Unsoeld

Democrat - Washington
Served: 1989 - 1995

Nita M. Lowey

Democrat - New York
Served: 1989 - Present

Ileana Ros - Lehtinen

Republican - Florida
Served: 1989 - Present

Susan Molinari

Republican - New York
Served: 1990 - 1997

Joan Kelly Horn

Democrat - Missouri
Served: 1991 - 1993

Barbara-Rose Collins

Democrat - Michigan
Served: 1991 - 1997

Rosa DeLauro

Democrat - Connecticut
Served: 1991 - Present

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Democrat - The District Of Columbia
Served: 1991 - Present

Maxine Waters

Democrat - California
Served: 1991 - Present

Eva M. Clayton

Democrat - North Carolina
Served: 1992 - 2003

Corrine Brown

Democrat - Florida
Served: 1993 - 2017

Leslie L. Byrne

Democrat - Virginia
Served: 1993 - 1995

Maria E. Cantwell

Democrat - Washington
Served: 1993 - 1995

Karan English

Democrat - Arizona
Served: 1993 - 1995

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky

Democrat - Pennsylvania
Served: 1993 - 1995

Lynn Schenk

Democrat - California
Served: 1993 - 1995

Karen Shepherd

Democrat - Utah
Served: 1993 - 1995

Blanche Lambert Lincoln

Democrat - Arkansas
Served: 1993 - 1997

Elizabeth Furse

Democrat - Oregon
Served: 1993 - 1999

Jane F. Harman

Democrat - California
Served: 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2011

Patsy Ann Danner

Democrat - Missouri
Served: 1993 - 2001

Tillie Kidd Fowler

Republican - Florida
Served: 1993 - 2001

Carrie P. Meek

Democrat - Florida
Served: 1993 - 2003

Karen L. Thurman

Democrat - Florida
Served: 1993 - 2003

Cynthia McKinney

Democrat - Georgia
Served: 1993 - 2003, 2005 - 2007

Jennifer Dunn

Republican - Washington
Served: 1993 - 2005

Anna Georges Eshoo

Democrat - California
Served: 1993 - Present

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Democrat - Texas
Served: 1993 - Present

Carolyn B. Maloney

Democrat - New York
Served: 1993 - Present

Deborah Pryce

Republican - Ohio
Served: 1993 - 2009

Lucille Roybal-Allard

Democrat - California
Served: 1993 - Present

Nydia M. Velázquez

Democrat - New York
Served: 1993 - Present

Lynn C. Woolsey

Democrat - California
Served: 1993 - 2013

Enid Greene Waldholtz

Republican - Utah
Served: 1995 - 1997

Andrea Seastrand

Republican - California
Served: 1995 - 1997

Linda Smith

Republican - Washington
Served: 1995 - 1999

Helen P. Chenoweth

Republican - Idaho
Served: 1995 - 2001

Lynn Nancy Rivers

Democrat - Michigan
Served: 1995 - 2003

Karen McCarthy

Democrat - Missouri
Served: 1995 - 2005

Sue W. Kelly

Republican - New York
Served: 1995 - 2007

Barbara L. Cubin

Republican - Wyoming
Served: 1995 - 2009

Sheila Jackson Lee

Democrat - Texas
Served: 1995 - Present

Zoe Lofgren

Democrat - California
Served: 1995 - Present

Sue Myrick

Republican - North Carolina
Served: 1995 - 2013

Juanita Millender-McDonald

Democrat - California
Served: 1996 - 2007

Jo Ann Emerson

Republican - Missouri
Served: 1996 - 2013

Deborah A. Stabenow

Democrat - Michigan
Served: 1997 - 2001

Julia May Carson

Democrat - Indiana
Served: 1997 - 2007

Anne Meagher Northup

Republican - Kentucky
Served: 1997 - 2007

Donna M. Christian-Christensen

Democrat - Virgin Islands
Served: 1997 - 2015

Diana L. DeGette

Democrat - Colorado
Served: 1997 - Present

Kay Granger

Republican - Texas
Served: 1997 - Present

Darlene K. Hooley

Democrat - Oregon
Served: 1997 - 2009

Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Democrat - Ohio
Served: 1997 - 2008 (died August 20, 2008)

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Democrat - Michigan
Served: 1997 - 2011

Carolyn McCarthy

Democrat - New York
Served: 1997 - 2015

Loretta Sanchez

Democrat - California
Served: 1997 - 2017

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher

Democrat - California
Served: 1997 - 2009

Mary Bono Mack

Republican - California
Served: 1998 - 2013

Lois Capps

Democrat - California
Served: 1998 - 2017

Barbara Lee

Democrat - California
Served: 1998 - Present

Heather A. Wilson

Republican - New Mexico
Served: 1998 - 2009

Tammy Baldwin

Democrat - Wisconsin
Served: 1999 - 2013

Shelley Berkley

Democrat - Nevada
Served: 1999 - 2013

Judy Borg Biggert

Republican - Illinois
Served: 1999 - 2013

Grace Napolitano

Democrat - California
Served: 1999 - Present

Janice Schakowsky

Democrat - Illinois
Served: 1999 - Present

Jo Ann Davis

Republican - Virginia
Served: 2001 - 2007

Melissa A. Hart

Republican - Pennsylvania
Served: 2001 - 2007

Shelley Moore Capito

Republican - West Virginia
Served: 2001 - 2015

Susan A. Davis

Democrat - California
Served: 2001 - Present

Betty McCollum

Democrat - Minnesota
Served: 2001 - Present

Hilda L. Solis

Democrat - California
Served: 2001 - 2009

Diane Edith Watson

Democrat - California
Served: 2001 - 2011

Denise Majette

Democrat - Georgia
Served: 2003 - 2005

Katherine Harris

Republican - Florida
Served: 2003 - 2007

Marsha Blackburn

Republican - Tennessee
Served: 2003 - Present

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Democrat - Guam
Served: 2003 - Present

Virginia (Ginny) Brown-Waite

Republican - Florida
Served: 2003 - 2011

Candice Miller

Republican - Michigan
Served: 2003 - 2017

Marilyn N. Musgrave

Republican - Colorado
Served: 2003 - 2009

Linda T. Sánchez

Democrat - California
Served: 2003 - Present

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Democrat - South Dakota
Served: 2004 - 2011

Melissa Bean

Democrat - Illinois
Served: 2005 - 2011

Thelma Drake

Republican - Virginia
Served: 2005 - 2009

Virginia Foxx

Republican - North Carolina
Served: 2005 - Present

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Republican - Washington
Served: 2005 - Present

Gwen Moore

Democrat - Wisconsin
Served: 2005 - Present

Doris Matsui

Democrat - California
Served: 2005 - Present

Allyson Schwartz

Democrat - Pennsylvania
Served: 2005 - 2015

Jean Schmidt

Republican - Ohio
Served: 2005 - 2013

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Democrat - Florida
Served: 2005 - Present

Shelley Sekula Gibbs

Republican - Texas
Served: 2006 - 2007

Michele Bachmann

Republican - Minnesota
Served: 2007 - 2015

Nancy Boyda

Democrat - Kansas
Served: 2007 - 2009

Kathy Castor

Democrat - Florida
Served: 2007 - Present

Yvette D. Clarke

Democrat - New York
Served: 2007 - Present

Mary Fallin

Republican - Oklahoma
Served: 2007 - 2011

Gabrielle Giffords

Democrat - Arizona
Served: 2007 - 2012

Kirsten Gillibrand

Mazie Hirono

Democrat - Hawaii
Served: 2007 - 2013

Laura Richardson

Democrat - California
Served: 2007 - 2013

Carol Shea-Porter

Democrat - New Hampshire
Served: 2007 - 2011, 2013 - 2015

Betty Sutton

Democrat - Ohio
Served: 2007 - 2013

Nicola S. (Niki) Tsongas

Democrat - Massachusetts
Served: 2007 - present

Donna Edwards

Democrat - Maryland
Served: 2008 - 2017

Marcia Fudge

Democrat - Ohio
Served: 2008 - Present

Jackie Speier

Democrat - California
Served: 2008 - Present

Kathleen A. (Kathy) Dahlkemper

Democrat - Pennsylvania
Served: 2009 - 2011

Deborah L. Halvorson

Democrat - Illinois
Served: 2009 - 2011

Lynn Jenkins

Republican - California
Served: 2009 - Present

Mary Jo Kilroy

Democrat - Ohio
Served: 2009 - 2011

Ann Kirkpatrick

Democrat - Arizona
Served: 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2017

Suzanne Kosmas

Democrat - Florida
Served: 2009 - 2011

Cynthia Lummis

Republican - Wyoming
Served: 2009 - 2017

Betsy Markey

Democrat - Colorado
Served: 2009 - 2011

Chellie Pingree

Democrat - Maine
Served: 2009 - Present

Dina Titus

Democrat - Nevada
Served: 2009 - 2011, 2013 - Present

Judy Chu

Democrat - California
Served: 2009 - Present

Sandra (Sandy) Adams

Republican - Florida
Served: 2011 - 2013

Karen Bass

Democrat - California
Served: 2011 - present

Diane Black

Republican - Tennessee
Served: 2011 - present

Ann Marie Buerkle

Republican - New York
Served: 2011 - 2013

Renee Ellmers

Republican - North Carolina
Served: 2011 - 2017

Colleen Hanabusa

Democrat - Hawaii
Served: 2011 - 2015

Vicky Hartzler

Republican - Missouri
Served: 2011 - present

Nan Hayworth

Republican - New York
Served: 2011 - 2013

Jaime Herrera Beutler

Republican - Washington
Served: 2011 - present

Kristi Noem

Republican - South Dakota
Served: 2011 - present

Martha Roby

Republican - Alabama
Served: 2011 - present

Terri Sewell

Democrat - Alabama
Served: 2011 - present

Frederica Wilson

Democrat - Florida
Served: 2011 - present

Kathy Hochul

Democrat - New York
Served: 2011 - 2013

Janice Hahn

Democrat - California
Served: 2011 - 2016

Suzanne Bonamici

Democrat - California
Served: 2012 - present

Suzan DelBene

Democrat - Washington
Served: 2012 - present

Joyce Beatty

Democrat, Ohio
Served: 2013 - present

Susan Brooks

Republican, Indiana
Served: 2013 - present

Julia Brownley

Democrat, California
Served: 2013 - present

Cheri Bustos

Democrat, Illinois
Served: 2013 - present

Tammy Duckworth

Democrat, Illinois
Served: 2013 - 2017 (became Senator in 2017)

Elizabeth Esty

Democrat, Connecticut
Served: 2013 - present

Lois Frankel

Democrat, Florida
Served: 2013 - present

Tulsi Gabbard

Democrat, Hawaii
Served: 2013 - present

Ann McLane Kuster

Democrat, New Hampshire
Served: 2013 - present

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Democrat, New Mexico
Served: 2013 - present

Grace Meng

Democrat, New York
Served: 2013 - present

Gloria Negrete McLeod

Democrat, California
Served: 2013 - 2015

Kyrsten Sinema

Democrat, Arizona
Served: 2013 - present

Ann Wagner

Republican, Missouri
Served: 2013 - present

Jackie Walorski

Republican, Indiana
Served: 2013 - present

Robin Kelly

Democrat, Illinois
Served: April 11, 2013 - present

Katherine Clark

Democrat, Massachusetts
Served: December 10, 2013 - present

Alma Adams

North Carolina
Served: November 12, 2014 - present

Aumua Amata

Republican, American Samoa at large
Served: 2015 - present

Bonnie Watson Coleman

New Jersey, Democratic
Served: 2015 - present

Barbara Comstock

Republican, Virginia
Served: 2015 - present

Deborah Dingell

Democratic, Michigan
Served: 2015 - present

Gwen Graham

Democratic, Florida
Served: 2015 - 2017

Brenda Lawrence

Democratic, MIchigan
Served: 2015 - present

Mia Love

Republican, Utah
Served: 2015 - present

Martha McSally

Republican, Arizona
Served: 2015 - present

Stacey Plaskett

Democratic, U.S. Virgin Islands at large
Served: 2015 - present

Kathleen Rice

Democratic, New York
Served: 2015 - present

Elise Stefanik

Republican, New York
Served: 2015 - present

Norma Torres

Democratic, California
Served: 2015 - present

Mimi Walters

Republican, California
Served: 2015 - present

Nanette Barragán

Democratic, California
Served 2017 - present

Lisa Blunt-Rochester

Democratic, Delaware
Served 2017 - present

Liz Cheney

Republican, Wyoming
Served 2017 - present

Val Demings

Democratic, Florida
Served 2017 - present

Jenniffer González

Republican, Puerto Rico
Served 2017 - present

Pramila Jayapal

Democratic, Washington
Served 2017 - present

Stephanie Murphy

Democratic, Florida
Served 2017 - present

Jacky Rosen

Democratic, Nevada
Served 2017 - present

Claudia Tenney

Republican, New York
Served 2017 - present

For more information about women in the US government, check out our articles on women who have served in the Senate or as governors.