Rep. Marsha Blackburn Says No to ‘Congresswoman’

The Tennessee representative says congressman is just fine.

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By Jessica Rettig, Washington Whispers

The first woman to be elected to Congress from Tennessee's 7th District, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, says she prefers "congressman" to the more PC "congresswoman" or "congress member." At a recent benefit for women in politics, she recalled her first run for Congress in the late 1990s, when she told a constituent that if she could handle being both a mother and scout leader, she could handle Congress. The man asked, "Little lady, what should we call you then?" "Sir," she replied, "Congressman will be just fine." Organizers at the benefit were careful to note her preference in her introduction.

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  • Corrected on : Corrected on 5/26/10: A previous version of this article misstated Blackburn's district. She is the representative for Tennessee's 7th District.