New Hampshire First State to Elect All-Female Congressional Delegation

Thursday, November 08, 2012
New Hampshire's all-women delegation-Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen, Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster (AP Photo)

The election on Tuesday marked an historic achievement for New Hampshire, which became the first state ever to elect an all-female delegation to Congress.


With the state already represented by two women in the U.S. Senate (Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen), voters chose Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster over Republican incumbents Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, respectively, for New Hampshire’s two congressional seats.


Shea-Porter’s victory was sweet revenge, having lost her seat in 2010 to Guinta. Similarly, Kuster challenged Bass two years ago, but lost the race for what was then an open seat.


In addition to the congressional victories, another woman celebrated on Tuesday—Democrat Maggie Hassan—who won the governor’s race over Republican Ovide Lamontagne. Hassan will replace Democratic Governor John Lynch, who is retiring.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

New Hampshire Becomes First State With Woman Governor, All-Female Congressional Delegation (by Callum Borchers, Boston Globe)

New Hampshire to Become 1st State with an All-Female DC Delegation (by Eric Ostermeier, Smart Politics)

Carol Shea-Porter Wins Seat Back From Frank Guinta (by Carolyn Dube and Robert Cook, Londonderry Patch)

Number of Women in Congress Drops for First Time in 32 Years (by David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


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