Reps. Barbara Cubin (R-WY), Deborah Pryce (R-OH), Jean Schmidt (R-OH), and Heather Wilson (R-NM) all successfully defended their seats. The certification of each woman as the winner of her respective race had been delayed because sufficient numbers of absentee ballots remained uncounted or because the number of votes separating candidates was small enough to trigger state laws requiring a recount. With their races now decided, the total number of House women serving in the 110th Congress will reach an all-time high of 74, including three Delegates. Of that number, 21 are Republicans and 53 are Democrats. A record sixteen women will serve in the Senate. For a complete list of women newly elected to Congress, please see the November 8 issue of The Source.
The Congressional Black Caucus selected Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI) as chair and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) as vice chair.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus selected Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) to serve as caucus whip.