The Most Powerful Female Politician in Each of the 50 States

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  • Maine: Margaret Chase Smith – She was the first woman that was elected to both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • Maryland: Nancy Pelosi – Nancy Pelosi was sworn the first female speaker of the House in 2007 and then again in 2019 and 2021. In the line of succession, she is the third one, after the president and the vice president.
  • Massachusetts: Jane Swift – Jane Swift was the first female governor of Massachusetts and the first-ever pregnant governor in America.
  • Michigan: Rashida Tlaib – Rashida Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman and one of the first Muslim women who got elected to Congress.
  • Minnesota: Amy Klobuchar – Amy was elected to the US Senate in 2006, and is the first female senator that represented Minnesota.
  • Mississippi: Cindy Hyde-Smith – Cindy is the first woman that represented Mississippi in Congress.
  • Missouri: Maxine Waters – Maxine Waters is the first woman and first African American to chair the House Financial Services Committee.
  • Montana: Jeannette Rankin – Jeannette was the first woman ever who got elected to Congress, and the only one who voted against participating in both world wars.
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