Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS) was the first woman to have been elected to the Senate without having previously filled an unexpired Congressional term. 1987 Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) becomes the first Democratic woman to have been elected to the Senate without having previously filled an unexpired Congressional term. 1992
To date, 58 women have served in the United States Senate, with 24 serving at this time (indicated in bold print below). ... 1993–2017: Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL ...
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- Rebecca Latimer Felton: Democrat, Georgia, 1922 (a courtesy appointment)
- Hattie Wyatt Caraway: Democrat, Arkansas, 1931 to 1945 (first woman elected to a full term)
- Rose McConnell Long: Democrat, Louisiana, 1936 to 1937 (appointed to the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Huey P. Long, then won a special election and served not quite a year; she did not run for election to a full term)
- Dixie Bibb Graves: Democrat, Alabama, 1937 to 1938 (appointed by her husband, Governor Bibb Graves, to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Hugo G. Black; she resigned less than 5 months later and did not run as a candidate in the election to fill the vacancy)
Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate; she first served in the House, and began serving in the Senate in 1949. Margaret Chase Smith won her 1960 race for Senate in the nation's first ever race pitting two women (she and Lucia Cormier) against each other for a Senate seat.
In the Senate, Margaret Chase Smith, who served for 23 years from 1949 to 1973 as a senator from Maine, was the longest-serving female Senator upon her retirement. Her record was surpassed in 2011 by Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, who served for 30 years from 1987 to 2017.
A Vote for Women Senate Firsts First Woman Senator Appointed Oct 3, 1922 A Woman Presides over the Senate Oct 19, 1943 First Woman Elected to Both Houses of Congress Sep 13, 1948 Margaret Chase Smith, Foreign Correspondent Oct 1954 The First Televised Presidential Debate Nov 4, 1956 Mach Buster Maggie: The Supersonic Senator from Maine Dec 3, 1957