One of the big headlines for the 2012 elections was the historic number of women elected to state and national offices. New Hampshire became the first state to elect an all women congressional delegation and a woman governor. The U.S. House of Representatives has 79 women and the Senate has reached a historic level with 20 women representing 18 states, with California and New Hampshire each having two women senators.
In addition to New Hampshire, four other states have governors that are women. Women also make up 24 percent of the more than 7,300 state legislators in the country. Most of these women represent the two major political parties, with most from the Democratic party. Republicans make up four of the five women governors.