How a Record Number of Women Won Senate Seats

A number of women were recruited and groomed for political office.

Female senators-elect Mazie Hirono of Hawaii (upper left), Deb Fischer of Kansas (upper right), Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota (lower left) and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (lower right).

"We're thrilled," Schriock said on Wednesday, just before Heidi Heitkamp was declared winner in North Dakota, becoming the 20th woman elected to the Senate this year. "But we have a long way to go here."

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