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More women sought, won Congressional seats in 1992.

In this "Year of the Woman," a record 117 women ran for Senate and House seats. Fifty-two were victorious.

This year marks the greatest increase in the number and percent of women winning congressional seats since 1970. In 1990, 69 women ran for the U.S. House and 28 plus a female candidate for non-voting delegate from Washington, D.C. won.

The U.S. Senate has increased its female representation from three to seven, although Senator Jocelyn Burdick of North Dakota will be leaving office in December after a special election is held to fill her husband's seat.

History was made Tuesday when Carol Moseley Braun became the first African American woman to win a U.S. Senate seat. The history-making continued as voters chose to send two women, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein from California to the U.S. Senate. Patty Murray, a Democratic candidate from Washington state, also won her bid for the U.S. Senate. This brings the total of newly-elected women senators to four.

Forty-seven women running for the House of Representatives will join the freshman class in January.

This major infusion of women and minorities is anticipated to reshape the policy issues and priorities facing the 103th Congress.

Braun, 45, is a political veteran at the state and local level. Although currently serving as the Cook County recorder of deeds, she served previously in the state legislature for 12 years. Patty Murray, "the mom in tennis shoes," also honed her political skills in the statehouse. Murray served previously as the Democratic whip in the Washington state senate.

Feinstein, former mayor of San Francisco, beat opponent Rep. Seymour in her bird for a U.S. Senate seat of California. The same voters also chose to send another woman candidate, Boxer, to the Senate to represent their state.

There is also cultural diversity represented in these female members of the House of Representatives. Of the 47 female members of the U.S. House of Representatives, eight are African-American, one is an Asian-Pacific islander, and three are Latina. In addition, Eleanor Holmes Norton, an African-American woman, is the nonvoting delegate from the District of Columbia.

The primary information source for this story was the National Women's Political Caucus (NPWC). For more specifics, please contact NWPC at (202) 898-1100.
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Author:McCarthy, Kathryn Shane
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Nov 9, 1992
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