The verdict is in – Women make good legislators.
All the votes have been counted and seventy-two women (72) women legislators will serve in the Maryland General Assembly in 2019 Session, for an all-time 38 percent of the new legislature, breaking the previous record of 67 female Legislators (36 percent) set in 2005. Fifteen (15) women are now serving in the Maryland Senate including ten returning Senators, two newly elected who are newly elected and three former female Delegates. On the House side, 32 female incumbents are returning to office along with 25 newly elected women for a total of 57 female Delegates. Women are concentrated in the House; women now make up 40 percent of the House and 32 percent of the Senate.
The 2019 Legislative Session promises to be an exciting one for the Women Legislators of Maryland – a bipartisan caucus of female Delegates and Senators that develops and supports legislation on issues with special importance to women and girls.
Women’s Caucus President Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes states: “We are thrilled to welcome so many new women to the Legislature as well as seeing so many of our colleagues returning. Working together, our voices are stronger in all facets of policy and budgetary matters.”
The Women’s Caucus’ agenda for the upcoming Session will include a focus on women veterans and the financial challenges facing women in their retirement years.