FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Annapolis, MD

November 9, 2018

Contact: Delegate Sample-Hughes District 32A, Dorchester & Wicomico Counties

President of the Women Legislators of Maryland (Women’s Caucus)

Sheree.Sample.Hughes@house.state.md.us

Womens.caucus@house.state.md.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Annapolis, MD

November 9, 2018

Contact: Delegate Sample-Hughes District 32A, Dorchester & Wicomico Counties

President of the Women Legislators of Maryland (Women’s Caucus)

Sheree.Sample.Hughes@house.state.md.us

Womens.caucus@house.state.md.us

Women’s Caucus Office (410) 841-3013

 

Women make up 38 percent of new legislature, surpassed the all-time high of 36 percent set in 2005.

The verdict is in – Women make good legislators.

Seventy-one women (71) legislators are on their way to Annapolis for the 2019 Session, breaking the record set in 2005 of 67 female legislators; women now represent 38 percent of the legislature up from 34 percent last year and breaking the 2005 record of 36 percent.  

Ten female incumbents are returning to senate, and five women will be joining them including two women who were newly elected and three former delegates who were elected to serve in the Senate.  On the house side, 32 female incumbents are returning to office along with 24 newly elected women for a total of 56 female delegates.  

The 2019-2020 Session promises to be an exciting one for the Women Legislators of Maryland – a bipartisan caucus of 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 says that, “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.