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Record Number of Women in Congress

Shortly after Election Day, four races involving women candidates remained unresolved (see The Source, 11/16/00, p. 1). Since that time, it has been determined that Democratic candidate Maria Cantwell was successful in her challenge to Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA).

A recount is underway in the race between Democratic candidate Dianne Byrum and Republican Mike Roger for an open seat in Michigan. The initial vote count showed Mr. Roger as the winner by a tight margin; the recount currently indicates he is ahead by 118 votes.

Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Gerrie Shipskie was defeated in her bid for the seat held by Rep. Steve Horn (R-CA), and Democrat Elaine Bloom lost her race against Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL).

A record number of women will serve in the 107th Congress, with 13 women in the Senate and 61 women in the House. The Senate’s newcomers will include Jean Carnahan (D-MO), who was appointed on December 4 to the seat won in the name of her recently deceased husband. The other new women Senators will include: Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

The new women House members will include: Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Jane Harman (D-CA), Melissa Hart (R-PA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), and Hilda Solis (D-CA).

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