After Mikie Sherrill’s win in the 11th Congressional District on Tuesday, she will be among a record number of women, 123, serving in the U.S. Congress in January 2019. That’s according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University. And among those will be a record total of at least 44 women of color.
“We’ve seen important breakthroughs, particularly in the U.S. House,” said CAWP director Debbie Walsh in a statement, “but deepening disparities between the parties in women’s representation will continue to hobble us on the path to parity. We need women elected on both sides of the aisle.”
Sherrill is one of 100 Democratic and 18 Republican women who have already been declared winners; another five seats in the House and Senate that have yet to be decided are guaranteed to go to women since the candidates in those races all are women.
The freshman class of women in the House of Representatives in 2019 will be the largest ever at 32; the previous high was 24 in 1992.
While a record number of 100 Democratic women will be serving in the House, the same cannot be said for Republicans. In fact, according to CAWP data, the number of Republican women in that chamber will likely drop in 2019, even as the number of Democratic women there will increase by at least 21 next year.
Thirteen races with 17 women candidates remain undecided. In the Senate, ten Democratic and two Republican women have already won, adding to the ten that are already serving there. With the guaranteed win for a woman in Arizona’s undecided contest, this matches the previous record of 23, set in 2018. One race remains undecided in Mississippi.
In her victory speech on election night, Sherrill recognized the role that women played in helping her get elected and she thanked the “thousands of women who are ready to join me in making sure we have a better future for our kids in New Jersey and for the United States.”