1. In the 2012 election, 20 women were elected to Senate.
On Wednesday afternoon, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp finally won the extremely tight North Dakota race against Republican Rick Berg. There are now 20 women in Senate — one in five.
2. Before the 2012 election, there were 17 women in Senate, the most there had ever been previously.
3. There are now only four Republican female Senators.
Two Republican female Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Olympia Snowe (pictured) of Maine, are retiring.
4. All six female Democratic Senators who were up for reelection won their races.
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York (pictured), Maria Cantwell of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.
5. Many of them were close allies.
New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, who held on to a strong lead in the polls for the duration of her campaign, led an effort to fundraise for fellow Democratic women running for Senate seats. Some of that money went to Claire McCaskill’s (pictured) successful Missouri campaign against Todd Akin, who became famous for his comments about pregnancy and “legitimate rape.”
6. Tammy Baldwin also became the first out LGBT Senator — man or woman.
She defeated former Governor Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin.
7. New Hampshire also has the first all-female delegation.
Maggie Hassan won the state’s race for governor, and the two new representatives are also women. They join New Hampshire’s two incumbent female senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, to form the first all-female state delegation.
- The Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders, two years after lifting a ban on gay youth members.
- Boston is no longer pursuing a bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics.
- The Arizona Cardinals have hired the NFL's first female coach.