WASHINGTON - A record number of women will serve in the US Senate and House of Representatives after sweeping victories in Tuesday's election that challenged the traditional male makeup of the US legislative branch.
Twenty women will serve in the 100-member Senate and at least 81 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives will be women. A few races still await final results from Tuesday's voting.
Female representation in Congress has now been increased tenfold in the past two decades, according to Emily's List, a liberal political group.
In another first, three women Democrats - Governor-elect Maggie Hassan and Representatives-elect Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster - made New Hampshire the first state to vote for an all-female congressional delegation and governor, according to Emily's List.