New Congress to include at least 101 women
WASHINGTON - After winning a special election, Democrat Alma Adams of North Carolina will take office next week as the 100th female member of Congress. That's the most women Congress has ever had.
It will be a short-lived record. With several races still to be called, the next Congress will have at least 101 female members, including Adams, who also was elected to a two-year term starting in January.
At least 20 women will be senators, the same number of female senators now. The next Senate also will be slightly younger than the current one.
The 11 newly elected senators are an average 16 years younger than lawmakers they are replacing. At 37, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton is the youngest incoming senator. Georgia Republican David Perdue, at 64, is the oldest.