"Taxation Without Representation" States

Currently, there are 12 states that do not send any women to either House of the 115th Congress -- meaning that the women in those states are not represented and have NO VOICE in the body where our laws are made, even though they are the majority and pay taxes.

2016 Election Results: 14 states became 13 (26%)*
and now 12 (24%) after a 6/20/17 Special Election in GA06

(115th Congress: 84 women in the House [+4 non-voting], 21 in the Senate = 19.6% total)

Those states are: AR, ID, KY, LA, MD (Senator Mikulski retired!), MS, MT, OK, PA, RI, SC and VT...Congratulations to Rep. Lisa Blunt (D), who becase the first ever woman elected to either house of Congress from Delaware...also Heidi Heitcamp (D) was elected to the Senate from ND...Three (3) states -- Alaska, Iowa, and Nebraska -- do not have any women members in the U.S. House of Representatives, but do have a woman in the U.S. Senate.

2014 Election Results: 16 states became 14 (28%)*
(114th Congress: 85 women in the House [+3 non-voting], 20 in the Senate = 19.4% total)

ARKANSAS - Blanche Lincoln (D) lost her Senate seat 2010
DELAWARE - never elected a woman to either house of Congress!
GEORGIA
IDAHO
IOWA - Joni Ernst (R) wins OPEN Senate seat, becoming the first woman from Iowa ever elected to either house of Congress!
KENTUCKY - Ann Northrop (R) lost her seat 2006; lost rematch 2008
LOUISIANA -- Senator Mary Landrieu (D) lost run-off 12/6
MISSISSIPPI -- never elected a woman to either house of Congress!
MONTANA
NEW JERSEY -- Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) wins OPEN House seat!
NORTH DAKOTA
OKLAHOMA
PENNSYLVANIA -- Allyson Schwartz ran unsuccessfully for Governor
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
UTAH -- Mia Love (R) wins OPEN House seat!
VERMONT - never elected a woman to either house of Congress!
VIRGINIA - Barbara Comstock (R) wins OPEN House seat!

* Three (3) states -- Alaska, Iowa, and Nebraska -- do not have any women members in the U.S. House of Representatives, but do have a woman in the U.S. Senate. The figures are based on women elected in November elections, even though the number might fluctuate during the 2-year interim period due to Special Elections because of retirements or deaths.

2012 Election Results: 20 states became 16 (32%)*
(113th Congress: 80 women in the House [+3 non-voting], 20 in the Senate = 18.7% total)

ARKANSAS - Blanche Lincoln (D) lost her Senate seat 2010
DELAWARE - never elected a woman to either house of Congress!
GEORGIA
IDAHO
INDIANA - Jackie Walorski (R), Susan Brooks (R)win open House seats!
IOWA - never elected a woman to either house of Congress!
KENTUCKY - Ann Northrop (R) lost her seat 2006; lost rematch 2008
MISSISSIPPI -- never elected a woman to either house of Congress!
MONTANA
NEBRASKA -- Deb Fisher (R) elected to open Senate seat!
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO - Michele Lujan Grisham (D) wins open House seat!
NORTH DAKOTA
OKLAHOMA - Mary Fallin (R) ran for Governor 2010 and won
OREGON - Darlene Hooley (D) retired 2008, but Suzanne Bonamici wins 1-31-12 Special Election to replace David Wu and relected!
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
UTAH
VERMONT - never elected a woman to either house of Congress!
VIRGINIA - Jo Ann Davis (R) passed away 10-6-07, Thelma Drake lost 2008

2010 Election Results: 19 states became 20 (40%)
(112th Congress: 72 women in the House, 17 in the Senate = 16.6%)

2008 Election Results: 16 states became 19 (38%).
(111th Congress: 73 women in the House, 17 in the Senate = 16.8%)

On 10-16-07, Niki Tsongas (D) won a Special Election, making her the first woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts in 25 years -- in
a state where all the seat holders were Democrat men!

2006 Election Results: 19 states became 16 (32%).
(110th Congress: 71 women in the House, 16 in the Senate = 16.3%)

2004: 19 states (38%) did not send any women to the U.S. Congress
(109th Congress: 67 women in the House, 14 in the Senate = 15.1%)

NOTE: When the ill-fated and dangerous debate on Social Security started in 2005, only 15% of the U.S. Congress was made up of women. And when healthcare was debated in 2009-10, only 16.8% of of the seats were held by women..

QUESTION: How long will it take the U.S. -- currently tied (with Kyrgyztan) for 100th in the world for electing women, actually 116th on the list when you count the ties -- to reach the minimum critical mass number of 30% advocated by the United Nations for the election of women to national legislatures?

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